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California, other West Coast states sign climate change pact




From left, Mary Polak, environment minister of British Columbia, representing British Columbia premier Christy Clark, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and California Gov. Jerry Brown sign an agreement to collectively combat climate change on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in San Francisco. The group will work together to coordinate efforts with the hope of stimulating a clean-energy economy in a region with a combined gross domestic product of $2.8 trillion.
From left, Mary Polak, environment minister of British Columbia, representing British Columbia premier Christy Clark, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and California Gov. Jerry Brown sign an agreement to collectively combat climate change on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in San Francisco. The group will work together to coordinate efforts with the hope of stimulating a clean-energy economy in a region with a combined gross domestic product of $2.8 trillion.
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Monday afternoon, California joined Oregon, Washington and British Columbia in signing an agreement to battle climate change. This plan includes the support of research and permit initiatives for clean energy and preservation.

It also pushes for more government electric vehicles, with a goal of 10 percent by 2016. Paul Rogers is an environment reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and joins us now.