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Western U.S. states disregard Trump to form united front with B.C. in fight against climate change

Western U.S. states disregard Trump to form united front with B.C. in fight against climate change
From CBC - March 17, 2018

Governments from western U.S. states have been meeting with B.C's provincial government for 10years as part of an initiative called the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC)but this year the U.S. governors seem to be putting more value on this cross-border relationship.

Following the leaders' meeting Friday morning, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was particularly vocal about the need for collaboration, given what he sees as a lack of leadership coming from the White House.

"We do not have a federal government that is protective of our state right now," said Inslee.

The Pacific Coast Collaborative is an agreement between B.C., the state of Washington, the state of Oregon, and the state of California to work together on protecting the environment, boosting their respective economies, and as of this year, responding to the overdose crisis.

Emphasis on climate change

When the leaders spoke ata news conference following their closed-door meeting, the emphasis was on tackling climate change.

"On the West Coast, we know that climate change is not a hoax.It does not matter what foolishness comes out of the White House, the leaders on the West Coast are united in understanding science," said Inslee.

Inslee also told reporters his government feels very vulnerable right now, which is why it is looking to its neighbours for support.

"We have to recognize a reality that we have a brighter future and a cleaner future, and it's being realized under the leadership of your premier and we stand with him up and down the Pacific Coast," Insleesaid, in reference to Premier John Horgan.

Health of ocean and fisheries a priority

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