Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to Attend UN Climate Change Conference in Germany

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown joined two other West Coast governors, Jay Inslee of Washington and Jerry Brown of California to denounce President Trump’s inaction on climate change on Tuesday, June 13. Brown announced that she would attend the U.N. conference on climate change in Germany in November, the Portland Business Journal reported. Brown is the first openly bisexual state governor.

“Despite the decision by the White House to retreat, we as Oregonians and as Americans will move forward to fulfill the goals of the Paris agreement," she said. "The Paris agreement is a blueprint for job creation, stability and global prosperity and I'm certainly going to take this message to Bonn."

The three governors, Brown, Inslee and Brown met in Sacramento with Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama incoming president of the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP23).

The states are members of a group called the Under 2 Coalition, formed to limit the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius through reductions in carbon emissions. Fiji joined the coalition on Tuesday.

Since 2007, Oregon has had carbon-emissions reduction goals, measured against 1990 levels, to cut emissions by 10 percent by 2020 and 75 percent by 2050. Oregon, had 63 million tons of emissions in 2015, and is forecast to fall around 11 million tons short of its 2020 goal, the Journal reported.

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