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Momentum Grows for Global Warming Action as Western States, Provinces Announce Pollution Reduction Goal
Western Climate Initiative Sets Regional Target to Reduce Heat-Trapping Pollution to 15 Percent below 2005 Levels by 2020

Albuquerque, N.M. (August 22, 2007) – The Western Climate Initiative (WCI) – a partnership of the states of Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington and the provinces of British Columbia and Manitoba – today announced a regional goal of reducing global warming pollution 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.

The following is a statement by Ned Farquhar, western energy and climate advocate for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC):
“Today’s announcement by the Western Climate Initiative shows major momentum in the fight against global warming at a time when there is little action in Washington. A growing wave of energy-producing states is seizing the problem of heat-trapping pollution and pledging to find solutions. The next step is for these leaders to take concrete actions to make efficiency and clean renewables the top priority in their energy toolbox.”

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