By Molly Solomon, KUOW News.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington are banding together in support of clean energy. They met Saturday in Seattle to discuss concerns over the Trump administration’s efforts to eliminate policies that combat climate change.
“It doesn’t make sense for Oregon to do it alone; it makes sense when we do it in a regional basis,” Brown said, emphasizing that West Coast states need to work together.
“We are only a small part of the global climate challenge, but we can be a large part of the solution,” she added. “Oregonians are committed to moving our state forward and, working with Washington and California, we can continue to move the entire country forward. Our citizens are demanding cleaner air and cleaner water — we are not willing to go backwards.”
The governors recently joined California Gov. Jerry Brown and five West Coast mayors in a letter reaffirming support for the Clean Power Plan.
“We speak as a region of over 50 million people with a combined GDP of $2.8 trillion. There is no question that to act on climate is to act in our best economic interests. Through expanded climate policies, we have grown jobs and expanded our economies while cleaning our air,” the letter said.