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With a combined population of 54 million and a GDP of $3 trillion, Alaska, British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington are poised to emerge as a mega-region and global economic powerhouse driven by innovation, energy, geographic location and sustainable resource management, attracting new jobs and investment while enhancing an already unparalleled quality of life.

On June 30, 2008, the leaders of the five jurisdictions signed the Pacific Coast Collaborative Agreement, the first agreement that brings together the Pacific leaders as a common front to set a cooperative direction into the Pacific Century.  Out of this agreement was born the Pacific Coast Collaborative -- a formal basis for cooperative action, a forum for leadership and information sharing, and a common voice on issues facing Pacific North America.

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 News From the Region

May 19, 2015: Governor Brown, International Leaders Form Historic Partnership to Fight Climate Change
SACRAMENTO – California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed a first-of-its-kind agreement with international leaders from 11 other states and provinces, collectively representing more than $4.5 trillion in GDP and 100 million people, to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius – the warming threshold at which scientists say there will likely be catastrophic climate disruptions.

May 19, 2015: B.C. signs on to new global climate leadership pact
VICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement today: “As a recognized world leader on climate action, British Columbia is pleased to join an ambitious new international action to tackle climate change – the “Under 2 MOU”.

May 19, 2015: Washington teams up with states and provinces worldwide committing to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80-95 percent
OLYMPIA - Washington state today joined as a founding signatory to an agreement of states and provinces from developed and developing nations calling for reductions of greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

April 29, 2015: Governor Brown Establishes Most Ambitious Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target in North America New California Goal Aims to Reduce Emissions 40 Percent Below 1990 Levels by 2030
SACRAMENTO - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order to establish a California greenhouse gas reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 - the most aggressive benchmark enacted by any government in North America to reduce dangerous carbon emissions over the next decade and a half.

April 29, 2015: B.C. congratulates California for new climate target

April 13, 2015: B.C. challenges the world as work begins on Climate Action Plan 2.0
VICTORIA – Building on British Columbia’s climate success in advance of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris this December, Premier Christy Clark today announced the Province is challenging other jurisdictions to match or exceed the world-leading standard B.C. has set for climate action.

March 12, 2015: Governor Kate Brown Signs Oregon Clean Fuels Legislation
SALEM,OR—Governor Kate Brown statement on the signing of Clean Fuels legislation:

December 17, 2014: Inslee announces slate of proposals to curb pollution, transition Washington to cleaner sources of energy
SEATTLE – Gov. Jay Inslee today announced a set of proposals to transition Washington to cleaner sources of energy and meet carbon pollution limits adopted by the state Legislature in 2008. The proposals build on a comprehensive executive order issued by the governor in April.