California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger congratulated Québec, a Western Climate Initiative partner, for adopting a new and ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 20% compared to 1990 levels by 2020. Premier Jean Charest announced the plan on November 23.
In his statement, Governor Schwarzenegger noted that Québec, like California, has demonstrated leadership by establishing its own target while national and international commitments are still on hold. The Governor believes Québec’s commitment shows the kind of leadership that federated states need to assume in the fight against climate change, particularly in light of the Copenhagen Conference.
Former Vice President Al Gore, who was in Toronto shortly after Premier Charest’s announcement, also applauded Québec’s initiatives as well as efforts by other Canadian provinces to combat climate change.
In collaboration with California, South Australia and several groupings of federated states and regions, Québec is continuing to actively campaign to ensure that the role played by federated states and regions in fighting climate change is included in the text of the agreement that will succeed the Kyoto Protocol. To that end, Premier Jean Charest and South Australian Premier Mike Rann will co-chair the 3rd States and Regions Climate Leaders Summit, which will take place in parallel to the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
Premier Charest will be in Copenhagen from December 14 to 18, accompanied by the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Line Beauchamp.
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