Schwarzenegger leads governors' summit on global warming
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is touting efforts to reduce greenhouse gases by states and provinces worldwide ahead of the Dec. 6 UN climate change summit in Copenhagen.
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"California is an example of what can be done,” said John Wiebe, president and CEO of the Globe Foundation in Vancouver, British Columbia, a company which works with private companies to turn environmental problems into business opportunities. “Even if we can’t do as much as we want in recessionary times, it’s important to keep talking like this, because it moves the ball forward.”
Geert Criles, consulate general of Belgium, says Schwarzenegger’s example is helping to spotlight the fact that work on climate change doesn’t only happen from the national government down. “Several regions and provinces are seeing here how they can contribute from the bottom up,” says Mr. Criles.
Schwarzenegger and California’s climate initiatives get credit for keeping the pressure on the federal government to act.
The US governors who are co-hosting and attending the summit here are Jennifer Granholm of Michigan, David Paterson of New York, Ted Kulongoski of Oregon, Chris Gregoire of Washington, and Jim Doyle of Wisconsin.
"I applaud Senators Boxer and Kerry for introducing climate change legislation that builds on many of California’s first-in-the-nation policies, including our aggressive cap on global warming pollution, complementary emissions standards, and our innovative plan to reduce emissions by curbing sprawl.”
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