West Coast climate agreement coming Monday

California has always been proud of its willingness to go first when it comes to policies that combat the perils of climate change.

On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown, Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington and Gov. John Kitzhaber of Oregon will meet in San Francisco to announce a “historic partnership on climate policy.” Details of the event have been sketchy, except that it will provide “details of an agreement aligning the governments’ strategies that combat climate change and promote clean energy.” The states are part of the Pacific Coast Collaborative.

Does this include a regional cap and trade agreement, or carbon pricing? Or more information about efforts to spur adoption of electric vehicles along the I-5 corridor?

The agreement is based on the idea that the West Coast shares geography, infrastructure and a regional economy with a combined GDP of $2.8 trillion, making it the world’s fifth largest economy. Premier Christy Clark of British Columbia will join by teleconference.

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