Utah Joins Western Climate Initiative

May 22, 2007

Utah Governor Jon Huntsman was joined by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger May 21 in Salt Lake City as Huntsman signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to include Utah in the Western Regional Climate Action Initiative. Utah thus joined California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington to fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gases. Both governors also signed an MOU between California and Utah to work together to combat global warming.

 Governors Huntsman and Schwarzenegger signing agreement.

Utah Governor Jon Huntsman and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger sign a climate agreement.
Credit: State of California

The Western Regional Climate Action Initiative helps states develop consistent protocols for reporting, measuring, and verifying emissions. The initiative includes participation in a greenhouse-gas registry, sets goals for reducing emissions, and provides market-based incentives for companies to comply. The agreement allows California to share and receive information on academic research, effective policy initiatives, best practices, and technological innovation.

Schwarzenegger said, "In the West, we understand how a hotter climate can jeopardize our precious resources, including our water supply. Like California, Utah has great snow for skiing, magnificent natural forests, and a productive farming and ranching industry. So higher temperatures are an economic threat as well, and we literally cannot afford to stand by and do nothing."

In February, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington signed an MOU to establish a regional emissions cap and develop a market-based cap and trade system to fight climate change.

For more information, see Schwarzenegger's May 21 press release and a copy of the Western Regional Climate Initiative (PDF 59 KB). Download Adobe Reader.

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