“We can dominate the next big global industry,” say West Coast leaders about clean technology
From the Office of Gov. Jay Inslee:
Gov. Jay Inslee, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and British Columbia Premier John Horgan participated in a keynote panel discussion at the Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference [last] week to discuss shared efforts to combat climate change and build a world-leading clean energy economy.
California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia form the equivalent of the world’s fifth largest economy. Collective commitment to reduced carbon emissions is helping the planet, advancing the economy, saving species, and revolutionizing transportation.
“Our economy is zooming because we’ve embraced clean energy,” said Inslee. “We’re growing jobs like crazy in this high-tech economy.”
“We can dominate the next big global industry,” said Newsom. “This is about economic dominance across the spectrum. Private investment will come at scale to create industries of the future and dominate them.”
“The 48th parallel means nothing to salmon,” said Horgan. “We can’t waste time discussing jurisdictions. There can’t be multiple voices – it needs to be all of us.”
“This is only going to happen with strong public-private partnerships,” said Brown. “Look what happened during the New Deal – Roosevelt electrified the United States. We cannot build EV networks across the country without strong partnerships.”
Horgan announced in June that he would step down as premiere before the next provincial election. Inslee thanked the outgoing premier for his years of service to British Columbia and partnership with Washington on several cross-border issues.
In his two terms as premier, Horgan has advanced affordable housing, transportation, infrastructure, and clean energy in British Columbia. In 2021, the province opened its Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy to help British Columbia reach its goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050.