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Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, D-Va., and Nigel Sheinwald, U.K. ambassador to the U.S., have signed a bilateral climate change action agreement that commits the Virginia and U.K. governments to the common goals of combating the effects of climate change and developing a more climate-friendly economy.

Virginia is the fifth state to enter a bilateral Climate Change Action Agreement with the U.K., joining California, Florida, Wisconsin and Michigan. Under the terms of the agreement, Virginia and the U.K. jointly agree to do the following:

- promote market-based policies that reduce emissions globally,

- improve scientific understanding of climate change's effects,

- develop technology to mitigate and reduce the effects of climate change, and

- encourage climate-friendly economic development.

As Virginia and the U.K. work together on strategies to combat global warming, their governments will seek opportunities to share relevant research and encourage trade in alternative and renewable energy technologies. In particular, the agreement emphasizes the importance of a market-based cap-and-trade program designed to limit carbon dioxide emissions.

The Virginia-U.K. agreement also recognizes the two governments share research interests and assets, especially in offshore renewable energy production. The Virginia Energy Plan, released by Kaine in September 2007, encourages research and development of the state's coastal resources for energy production - including offshore wind, hydro current and marine biomass production.

SOURCE: Office of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine


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