Pacific North American Regional Integration And Control

Posted on Wednesday, March 10 at 15:09 by NAUWATCH

By Dana Gabriel

U.S.-Canadian state and provincial integration is being achieved in areas of transportation, the economy, energy and the environment. With some national, trilateral and global initiatives being discredited, stalled or ineffective, it appears as if the strategy has further shifted to a regional and local level in an effort to lay the groundwork for new agreements.

In 2008, the Pacific Coast Collaborative was established between Alaska, British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington as, “a formal basis for cooperative action, a forum for leadership and information sharing, and a common voice on issues facing Pacific North America.” Some of its key priorities include action on clean energy, regional transportation, emergency management, sustainable regional economy, ocean conservation and climate change, as well as other issues. The inaugural Leaders’ Forum of the Pacific Coast Collaborative was held in Vancouver, British Colombia on February 12, 2010. It was hosted by Premier Gordon Campbell and chaired by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The meeting was also attended by Washington Governor Christine Gregoire and Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown. Although Alaska is also a member of the group, they were not able to send a representative to the meeting. It was announced that Oregon will be hosting the next forum to be held later this year.

The Pacific Coast Leaders signed two action plans. The first being- Innovation, the Environment and the Economy which, “sets out a series of co-operative initiatives to promote renewable and low-carbon energy and energy conservation, including developing Interstate 5/Highway 99 as a green transportation corridor. It also promotes development of high-speed rail from San Diego to Vancouver and the move to ‘Green Ports’ through co-operation to reduce local air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions.” The second action plan on Ocean Conservation and Coastal Climate Change Adaptation, “focuses on co-operation on invasive species, reductions in toxins and other pollutants, promoting sustainable fisheries management and research into impacts from climate change and adaptation options.” The leaders also released a document entitled Vision 2030: Positioning Pacific North America for Sustainable Prosperity which sets out a strategic outlook for regional collaboration.

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  1. by RickW
    Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:56 am
    They just L-O-O-O-VE that phrase "Sustainable Prosperity", don't they?

  2. Thu Mar 11, 2010 1:57 pm
    Yes, as long as its sustained for the ordained.

  3. by RickW
    Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:19 pm
    I wonder how slippery their answer would be if they were required to explain just what "sustainable prosperity" is, and how would it be achieved......

  4. Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:47 pm
    Sustainable prosperity is the same as wealth creation by foreign investment and job creation with 20 hour a week minimum wage jobs .

    Ed Deak.

  5. by RickW
    Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:11 pm
    20 hour a week minimum wage jobs
    And our educational system is being geared to that end. Whether it is intentional or not is irrelevant (but I suspect, with the current federal government at any rate, that education SHOULD NOT be universal and publicly funded).

  6. Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:45 pm
    I heard great news in the last couple of days . Canadian experts to the US have dropped, but Canadian exports to the rest of the world have risen , making for a total rise in exports. The thicker border is giving us back some sovereignty. Let the trend continue, at an accelerating pace.

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