Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Schwarzenegger Forges Greenhouse Gas Alliance With US States

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an agreement on Monday with four western US states - a joint strategy with Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington - to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the latest step in his drive against climate change. Schwarzenegger has called for a reduction in emissions to 2000 levels by 2010 and 1990 levels by 2020.

Speaking at the National Governors Association in Washington, Schwarzenegger also called on other states to follow California's lead and set a low carbon fuel standards. "California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard will more than triple the size of our renewable fuels market in our state and put more than 7 million alternative fuel or hybrid vehicles on our roads by 2020 without any new government spending," Schwarzenegger said.

Schwarzenegger has vowed to make tackling the environment a central pillar of his final four years in office as California's leader. In September, he signed legislation that established a program of regulatory and market mechanisms to achieve real, quantifiable, cost-effective reductions of greenhouse gases.

Source: Agence France Presse

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