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Gov. Inslee to visit Paris this week for climate change conference

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SEATTLE — Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee is heading to the U.N. climate change conference in Paris this week to promote efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

The Seattle Times says the governor is part of a U.S. State Department delegation. But the Democratic governor will not be involved in the actual negotiations, involving representatives of more than 190 nations, to get a historic agreement to limit climate change.

Inslee has made reducing greenhouse gas emissions one of his key priorities. He’s scheduled to attend meetings where he’ll talk about Washington’s efforts, learn what’s happening elsewhere and meet with companies interested in doing business in the state.

Other leaders from Washington are also heading to the summit, including Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Olympia Mayor Stephen Buxbaum and King County Councilmember Larry Phillips.

The Georgetown University’s climate center is paying trip costs for Inslee and two other state officials.