Schwarzenegger combats global warming...?
- Who would have thought... See article below, an article about the
man-o-steel's statement concerning global warming reduction for California.
Carlos F. Pardo
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Schwarzenegger unveils global warming plan at UN conference
By Terence Chea - Associated Press Writer - 06/02/05
SAN FRANCISCO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stole the show at the
United Nations environmental conference Wednesday by unveiling a
plan to combat global warming by setting goals for reducing California's
emissions of greenhouse gases.
At the opening of the UN World Environmental Day Conference,
Schwarzenegger signed an executive order that appeared to put the
Republican governor on an opposite course from the Bush
administration, which has rebuffed international efforts to address
''Today, California will be a leader in the fight against global
warming,'' Schwarzenegger told an international audience of mayors
and environmentalists at San Francisco City Hall. ''I say the debate
is over. We know the science, we see the threat and we know the time
for action is now.''
Schwarzenegger's executive order calls for reducing the state's
emissions of such gases to 2000 levels by 2010, 1990 levels by 2020
and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. The secretary of
California's Environmental Protection Agency will be charged with
overseeing efforts to meet those goals, and will report on the
state's progress in January and every six months after that.
Schwarzenegger didn't announce any specific new policies, but said
he would move ahead to impose greenhouse gas emissions standards for
automobiles, increase use of renewable power and boost energy
efficiency in state buildings and vehicles.
The governor said he would work with state lawmakers to enact
legislation to meet his ambitious targets. The California Assembly
this week overwhelmingly passed a bill to meet international
greenhouse gas reduction standards by 2010, which is more aggressive
than the governor's 2010 target.
''We have no choice but to meet this challenge,'' Schwarzenegger
said. ''We must leave a better world for our children and their
Scientists and environmentalists said they were encouraged by
Schwarzenegger's new targets. As the country's largest state and the
world's eighth largest economy, California has the clout to
influence the national debate over global warming, they said.
''The governor has opened the door to a whole new future for the
California economy,'' said Kate Larsen, a policy analyst at
But scientists said the state would have to launch more aggressive
policies and programs to meet the governor's ambitious goals, such
as setting state limits on greenhouse gas emissions and allowing
companies to buy and sell permits to release such gases.
''We have to accelerate the policies we already have in place and
develop new policies to fill the gap,'' said Jason Mark, California
director of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Schwarzenegger unveiled his plan at the opening of the five-day
international conference, the first ever held on American soil.
While no major Bush administration official has announced plans to attend,
at least 70 mayors from cities such as London, Rio de Janiero and
Shanghai were expected, trading ideas on renewable energy,
recycling, public transportation, city parks and clean air and water.
Schwarzenegger has made other attempts to rein in greenhouse gases.
His ''hydrogen highways'' program encourages the installation of
enough hydrogen fueling stations to enable the use of zero-polluting
vehicles across the state, and his ''million solar roofs'' program
would subsidize residential solar power installations, jump-starting
that industry as well.
Patrick Judge, Energy Program Director
Montana Environmental Information Center
P.O. Box 1184
Helena, MT 59624