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Executive Order 2010-06
Governor's Policy on Climate Change
WHEREAS, Arizona is a growing state in which greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been
projected to rise, based on historical trends, as Arizona will experience population and economic
growth in the future;
WHEREAS, Arizona's state per capita GHG emissions have been about one-third less than the
national average, partially due to its use of nuclear power and its overall warmer climate;
WHEREAS, the transportation and electricity sectors account for more than three-fourths of Arizona's
total GHG emissions;
WHEREAS, Arizona was one of the first states in the nation to implement a graduated renewable
energy requirement (starting with 1.25% in 2006 and ending with 15% by 2025) for its electric
WHEREAS, Arizona was a founding member of the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) in February
WHEREAS, all eleven Western continental states participate in WCI as either voting members or
WHEREAS, WCI released the design of its GHG cap-and-trade program on September 23, 2008,
which begins in participating states and Canadian provinces on January 1, 2012 and is fully
implemented in 2015;
WHEREAS, while WCI is best-known for its GHG cap-and-trade program, it is working on other pro-
active, complementary policies to reduce GHG emissions involving, among other things, energy
efficiency and renewable energy programs and incentives, carbon sequestration, adaptation, worker
transition training and green job creation, and research and development in areas, such as algae
WHEREAS, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) finalized regulations
mandating GHG reporting, effective on December 29, 2009, which generally require facilities subject
to the regulations to begin data collection and compliance;
WHEREAS, there may be additional federal legislation or regulations adopted on the topic of climate
change, GHG emissions, GHG reporting and a cap on national, regional, and individual state GHG
WHEREAS, Governor Brewer's approach to climate change is that, together with Arizona citizens,
businesses and communities, we strive for pragmatic, pro-active approaches to climate change
mitigation and adaptation by advancing clean and-renewable energy, including solar power, nuclear
energy, smart growth, fuel efficient transportation and energy efficiency policies and practices that
make sense for Arizona;
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Brewer, Janice K. Executive Order 2010-06 : Governor's Policy on Climate Change, text, June 2010; # 504 400 W Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701 (520) 628-6580. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc226777/m1/1/: accessed March 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .