BC Premier welcomes Obama's climate change strategy

Source: Office of Premier statement release - June 27, 2013

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Premier Christy Clark today issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s strategy to combat climate change:

“I welcome President Barack Obama’s comprehensive plan to protect the nation’s health, and leave a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations.

“The President’s goal to prevent the worst effects of climate change by reducing carbon pollution, preparing for the impacts of climate change we can’t avoid, and leading the rest of the world in combating changing climate are also pillars of B.C.’s Climate Action Plan.

“The initiatives announced by the President also parallel our B.C. Jobs Plan and Green Economy strategy, and the West Coast Action Plan on Jobs I signed with the governors of California, Oregon and Washington in 2012 to accelerate the west coast clean economy to create one million net new clean economy jobs by 2020.

“British Columbia and our west coast partners are recognized as North American and global leaders in the fight against climate change and global warming. Together, we are demonstrating to the world that a strong economy and environmental sustainability go hand-in-hand. I welcome now having a powerful new ally, the United States of America. We can drive economic growth and create high-paying jobs by sparking innovation, and by moving to clean and efficient energy systems that will save us all money on energy bills.

“In my mandate letter to the new British Columbia Minister of Environment, Mary Polak, I made it clear that I expect British Columbia’s climate leadership to continue, including our commitment to work with and encourage other jurisdictions. That work is greatly helped by President Obama’s announcement.

“The President believes he has a moral obligation to our kids to leave them a planet not polluted and damaged. On behalf of all British Columbians, the Government of British Columbia shares that belief.”

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