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Northwest governors face legislative roadblocks on climate agreement

By Cassandra Profita
OPB News

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Washington Governor Jay Inslee set ambitious goals when they signed a regional climate change agreement last week with the leaders of California and British Columbia.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Washington Governor Jay Inslee set ambitious goals when they signed a regional climate change agreement last week with the leaders of California and British Columbia.

But the governors can’t reach those goals without their state legislatures, and both governors face legislative roadblocks to upholding the agreement – particularly when it comes to putting a price or a cap on carbon emissions.

One of the biggest promises Kitzhaber and Inslee made last week was to join California and British Columbia in accounting for the costs of carbon pollution in their states.

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