Schwarzenegger touts California’s Assembly Bill 32

Schwarzenegger touts California’s Assembly Bill 32

As world leaders are preparing to assemble in Lima and Paris for next round of UN climate talks, California is ready to lead by example, actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said.

Addressing a gathering at a symposium on Monday this week, Schwarzenegger touted California's Assembly Bill 32, a landmark state law that reduced greenhouse gases drastically since 2006. The symposium was organized by the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, climate change nonprofit group R 20, and the California Air Resources Board.

Assembly Bill 32, which was passed in 2006, committed the Golden State to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and to cut emissions further to 85 per cent by the year of 2050. The celebrated actor also praised Californians for defeating Proposition 23, which was designed to undue that law.

Speaking on the hot topic, Schwarzenegger added, "While the politicians in Washington can't get anything done because they're stuck in their ideological foxholes, we here in California have governors from two different parties in the same room fighting for a better future."

Returning the compliment, incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown said California became a world leader in climate change because of former Gov. Schwarzenegger and the Assembly Bill 32 that was passed during his tenure.

Around a decade after the passage of the bill, the Golden State is on track to meet the goals. What is remarkable is that the state successfully slashed carbon pollution through energy efficiency; rather than forced technology breakthroughs and burdensome consumer sacrifices.

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