Red and Blue States Go Green

Thirty-one states, representing more than 70% of the U.S. population, are charter members of the newly launched Climate Registry, marking the largest national effort to take action on climate change. Both Republican and Democratic governors are well represented and the states are geographically diverse.

The list of founding member states and tribes thus far includes the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the Campo Kumeyaay Nation. Two Canadian provinces, British Columbia and Manitoba, have also committed to participate. “You have to be able to count carbon pollution in order to cut carbon pollution,” said Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “The Registry gives business and policymakers an essential accounting tool for tracking the success of the many emerging global warming emission reduction initiatives that are blossoming across the country.” “We believe a credible reporting system of greenhouse gas emissions is the first step in developing government policy and corporate programs that will change behaviors, spark innovation and deliver reductions of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Bob Malone, Chairman and President of BP America.
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