States and Canadian Province Agree to Climate Pact

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The governors of California, Oregon and Washington have signed a climate pact with British Columbia in an effort to combat climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement calls for the four governments to work together in an effort to put a price on carbon dioxide pollution, requiring the use of lower-carbon gasoline, and setting more goals to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions across their region. The agreement will allow the governments to develop the same greenhouse gas emissions targets for 2050, and develop near-term targets that will help them reach the long-term goals. Part of the agreement calls for 10% of all new cars and trucks on the market to be electric vehicles by 2016. The governments hope that this blueprint, though it is nonbinding, will be a signal to Congress to move forward with climate legislation.

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