Legislature Set To Challenge Schwarzenegger On Global Warming

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is hoping for a major accomplishment on global warming, while the Democratic legislature is ready to challenge him by passing a tougher bill than the he currently advocates.

"With his plan to build new schools and roads stalled, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is turning his focus to combatting global warming -- a burgeoning political issue that aides and pollsters say could be election-year gold for a governor in need of a major accomplishment.

But as Schwarzenegger hopes this year to woo moderate Democrats and independents by touting his green credentials, Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists are preparing to force Schwarzenegger to back up his tough rhetoric on greenhouse gases by sending him first-of-its-kind legislation that goes further than anything the governor has so far called for.

The proposal, to enact stringent reductions in the amount of carbon dioxide and other gases that power plants, manufacturers and other industries emit into the air, will spotlight whether Schwarzenegger is truly committed to earning a position among California environmental trendsetters, activists say."

"'He's very sincere about this,' said Terry Tamminen, Schwarzenegger's top environmental adviser."

Full Story: Governor to focus on global warming: Critics question his resolve on an issue dear to green voters



Is Schwarzenegger Sincere?

His last attempt at a big accomplishment was a massive infrastructure bond proposal whose transportation funds would have gone to freeways.

His new attempt at a big accomplishment is action on global warming.

Given the focus on freeways and neglect of public transportation in the infrastructure bond, I have to doubt that global warming is his greatest concern.

Charles Siegel

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