West Coast Governments Reveal Climate Plan

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is among the leaders backing a regional climate agreement. (National Journal)

Three West Coast states and a Canadian province, fed up with the slow pace of federal policymaking, are taking action on their own to combat climate change. The Pacific Coast Collaborative, which was released Monday, partners California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia in agreements to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

While California already enforces cap-and-trade and British Columbia has a carbon tax, Oregon's role in the new plan will include carbon-emissions pricing while Washington will use "market mechanisms" to meet emissions-reduction goals. Oregon and Washington will also take steps to meet the precedent set by California and British Columbia's standards on low-carbon fuels.

"Each of the governments here is already taking bold steps on climate change; by joining forces, we will accomplish even more," Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said in a release. Added California Gov. Jerry Brown: "California isn't waiting for the rest of the world before it takes action on climate change."