The Western Climate Initiative got inked, well, at least ink-orporated. The organization of states and Canadian provinces was formed largely at former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger\u2019s urging to create a unified greenhouse gas emissions trading market. Now it\u2019s formed Western Climate Initiative, Inc. WCI, Inc., is a new non-profit organization--which posted its presence earlier this month--to provide services to states, like California, and Canadian provinces that are implementing greenhouse gas emissions trading programs. Among the services the non-profit is offering are tracking emissions allowances and offsets, operating emissions rights auctions, and monitoring emissions trading markets. Air Board chair Mary Nichols highlighted formation of WCI, Inc., in a Nov. 17 press release. California Air Resources Board executive officer James Goldstene is chair of the new Delaware corporation. He serves without compensation, getting only reimbursement for expenses \u201cincurred in furtherance of the corporation\u2019s purposes,\u201d according to WCI, Inc.\u2019s bylaws. He also is bound by a conflict-of-interest policy. Other WCI, Inc., directors hail from government agencies in British Columbia and Quebec. WCI, Inc., is set to compete for business in providing services to new carbon emissions trading programs--like the one Goldstene is overseeing in California--with the Climate Action Reserve. The Reserve is chaired by former California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Linda Adams, to whom Goldstene used to report. The Reserve initially developed many of the protocols the Air Board is using in certifying offsets under its carbon cap-and-trade market program. In addition, the Reserve oversees the California Climate Action Reserve, which developed emissions inventory methods for California corporations facing regulation under the Air Board\u2019s cap-and-trade program. Those companies have been paying the Reserve to certify their annual emissions. Certification can allow companies to qualify for credit under the state regulations for early actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Formation of WCI, Inc., comes as the Air Board seeks to hire consultants to run its greenhouse gas emissions rights auctions and to oversee the market in greenhouse gas emissions. Proposals are due Dec. 2 with contract awards expected as early as later in December. * * * * * California joined with other states and Canadian Provinces Nov. 17 to form North America 2050, a partnership to promote state and provincial actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. North America 2050 also is open to Mexican states. Its goal is to foster policies and programs at the state and provincial level that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while stimulating economic development. The organization may soon invite corporations and universities to join in its work. North America 2050 said in an announcement that it has its origins in the Western Climate Initiative, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in the Northeast, and the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord. All were formed to share information and develop policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions.