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PhpThumb He may be a lame duck, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gave notice Wednesday that he's going out fighting -- battling the alliance of oil companies, conservative activists and fellow Republicans who are gathering signatures for a November ballot initiative to overturn California's landmark global warming law. The 2006 law, which the Hummer-driving governor considers a highlight of his administration, would slash the state's carbon footprint by 15% in the next decade. And in the process it would spur the sort of green-tech businesses that Schwarzenegger sees as the key to the state's economic future.

Schwarzenegger on Wednesday toured one of those businesses, the Sunnyvale-based Serious Materials, a company recently selected to retrofit the Empire State Building's 6,514 windows to make them more energy efficient. And while he was at it, he riffed on AB 32, the climate law, and its enemies. "When you have those laws," he said, "you have to go and protect them. Right now, there’s for instance, Texas oil companies that want to invest millions and millions of dollars and bring them in here and have TV commercials on them and convince the people to roll back AB 32."

In an attack on Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp., two Texas-based oil companies that have contributed at least $700,000 together to the initiative effort so far, Schwarzenegger continued: "And isn’t that interesting that it’s a Texas oil company, and other Texas oil companies, that want to roll back our environmental progress that we are making? Why is that? Do you think they care about California, or do you think they care only about profits? They are greedy. They are greedy. If you look at the movie 'Wall Street,' it shows you about greed. That’s what they are. Texan oil companies."

Referring to Los Angeles' Occidental Petroleum, which joined the initiative effort late last week with a $300,000 contribution, Schwarzenegger added, "And there is some other California oil companies that are jumping on the bandwagon. But we are going to fight back. Environmentalists and business leaders, there are so many businesses in California that have supported AB 32. We are all going to join and push back. Because in 2003 when I became governor, I made it clear that if the special interests push me around I am going to push back. That’s exactly what we are going to do. We’re going to push back.”

The governor took the occasion of the tour to sign SB 77, a bill sponsored by state Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica) to establish the state-wide Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, reserve program to reduce financing costs for businesses and residents making energy efficiency improvements.

Environmentalists have started a website,, to organize a consumer protest against gasoline stations owned by Valero, Tesoro and other companies connected with the initiative campaign. Earth Day protests  at Valero stations Thursday are being mounted by the Los Angeles-based Courage Campaign and other groups.

--Margot Roosevelt

Photo: An official from Serious Materials shows Gov. Schwarzenegger a design for energy-efficient windows. Credit: Governor's office

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Our beloved governor was honored by the Hudson Riverkeepers foundation Friday for his environmental conservation efforts.

"In honoring Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for his continuing devastation of California’s rivers and their threatened and endangered fishes, River keeper has betrayed its stated mission on the Hudson and the cause of rivers everywhere," said Robert H. Boyle, River keeper Founder, who left the organization 10 years ago.

Since Schwarzenegger took office in 2003 in a recall election, he has waged a relentless war on salmon, salmon fishermen and the environment in California that is diametrically opposed to the River keeper’s mission of protecting the ideological integrity of rivers. His administration has become known for its numerous conflicts of interests, corruption and violation of the state’s environmental laws.

In the latest Field Poll, California voters gave Schwarzenegger the lowest rating of his career, with his approval dropping to only 23 percent in March, down from 27 percent in October. This is as low as Governor Gray Davis’s rating was in 2003 before he was recalled in a special election.

Schwarzenegger may have received the award because of his close relationship to Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and other Kennedy family members through his marriage to Maria Shriver

Schwarzenegger’s accomplishments over the last seven years;

• He allowed the Department of Water Resources to pump record levels of water out of the Delta from 2004 to 2007, resulting in the current collapses of Central Valley salmon, Delta smelt, long fin smelt, striped bass and threadfin shad. The largest annual water export levels in history occurred in 2003 (6.3 million acre feet), 2004 (6.1 MAF), 2005 (6.5 MAF) and 2006 (6.3 MAF).

• He has consistently slashed funding for game wardens while California has the lowest ratio of wardens to residents of any state in the nation.

• He directed the Central Valley Regional Water Control Board to continue to grant waivers to agricultural polluters, in spite of the dire condition of Delta fisheries.

• He has vetoed numerous environmental bills, including a badly needed bill by Lois Wolk that would provide for emergency fish rescue plans.

• Since 2004, he has fast-tracked a controversial Marine Life Protection Area (MLPA) process filled with conflicts of interest and corruption that kicks sustainable fishermen, Indian tribal members and seaweed harvesters off the water while refusing to deal with pollution, coastal development and other human uses of the ocean that have lead to fishery declines.

Reprinted from Dan Bacher’s blog 4/23/2010

"In economic recession, California has seen an unprecedented exodus of people and businesses who can no longer prosper in the once “Golden State.”

hummm can't really say I feel that's totally a bad thing... sorry...I was born here over 50 years ago and have seen so many devastating changes to the environment and the incredible eco- systems of this magnificent state... and even though many started long before me time... I would love to see it reversed...I'm sick and tired of being called a fanatic...for wanting to protect the place. I wish other states wanted to protect more of their land, air, waters and wild life also.

Thanks MMR for pointing out that "Paul Taylor Examiner... is yet another CORPORATE SHILL, a climate change denier hired specifically to muddy the waters of scientific and public discourse to further the profit motive." There is place for waiting for him when he is done collecting his fees here

i received the letter about this initiative. i could not believe my eyes. they framed the logic as, "i you want a job- we must stop environmental protection policies". i wadded it up and i regret i threw it away. yesterday i watched a documentary saying that wide spread knowledge will be at the end of the world. i only know greed has gone as a psycho disease in the the masses of the rich. and if we are not able to inform china and india of the global environmental threat-- we all die very stupidly.

Get rid of this climate crap b.s. Arnold needs to create jobs not kill them or have them move to another state. Arnold you are the worst governor ever, worse than Grey Davis. Go back to making movies. I hope Valero and Tesoro spend a lot of money killing this bill.

Climate legislation need to be at the Federal level, not the state. If we are the only state that creates financial burdens from climate policy, we are creating incentives for businesses to go elsewhere. We've already lost many large corporations and manufacturers due to previous legislation, so it's not theoretical what will happen if this cap is enacted. We would get far better results and negligible burden if we capped CO2 1% on a national level than if we capped it 15% on a state level. Pelosi is from California and manipulates congress, why can't she for once use her influence for good instead of for her insatiable appetite for power?

If the green technology and businesses are so ready for adoption then the natural demand for them would drive the changes to consumer behavior. This law implements changes that eliminate jobs without any viable green jobs or businesses set to replace them with comparable pay. The state should not force this change just for Arnold's legacy. The green infrastructure is not ready to take over yet.

Dude, Paul from the Examiner,if it weren't for militant environmentalism, you wouldn't be able to breathe in LA. Seriously, wake up and smell the fumes. I live in Manhattan at the moment, I love the city, but the air is so bad, it's ruining quality of life. I WISH they had environmentalists around here, but Manhattan is so behind California in anything environmental, it's scary....

How much are they paying you, Paul Taylor Examiner? A quick Google search shows that you're yet another corporate shill, a climate change denier hired specifically to muddy the waters of scientific and public discourse to further the profit motive.

For some actual science, instead of some made up numbers (as a small business owner, there's no way I pay $134k annually, or even close to that. Where does that number even come from?), try going to some science. Here are a few articles to get you started:

Furthermore, part of the reason that our state is so hindered right now in solving its problems is this kind of cherry-picking of legislation that certain special interests dislike. Repealing AB-32, like Prop 16, is just another way to tie lawmaker's hands further from solving problems. AB-32 will create jobs, in that a new market will arise. For a look at how that's worked for American companies working in other countries that have enacted climate change regulation, take a look at this article on Applied Materials from the New York Times, a company in which I own stock:

Your head-in-the-sand approach will lose California jobs and technical expertise that we need to compete in a global marketplace. We can't afford to listen to this kind of false rhetoric any more, rhetoric that wants us to just sit by and do nothing while real problems are getting worse.

This AB32 was a publicity stunt. It was not well researched and its results not considered. It was rushed through as Arnold wanted to enter the national stage as a leader for the environment. It was all headlines and the results will be disastrous. It will not only bankrupt many small businesses already struggling but its benefits are negligible. Much more reduction could be reached with much less cost and even the Air Resources Board now believes a 5 year delay should be implemented. (In 5 years much of the equipment needing replaced under the law will wear out. ) This is a rush to replace existing construction equipment that waiting will accomplish.

I can't wait to hear where Whitman and Poizner stand on this ballot initiative.

The best thing that can happen to California: Terminate the Terminator. This joke for a governor thinks he's playing a part in another B movie. Terminate him..and don't let him scare you with, " I'll be bahk."

Citizens that choose to live in California should be willing to pay the high price of living in a State that prides itself for its environment and the beauty it offers. As Californians, our first priority is to protect our beaches, deserts, mountains, and wildlife that many from around the world flock to worship. If your needs and demands are for $1/gallon for gas, then leave and go to Texas.

I can't take you serious when you use words like these:
'climate frauds' =>
that's an excuse for people to deny the environmental problems we are facing - California is burning man !
Many, many facts prove the climate change... and some scientists exagerate in their 'enthousiasm' to convince us that there's gotta be a change.

In yoúr exaggaration you beat the 'cultish militant partisan environmentalists' -
declassifying many excellent scientists who dare to present their undeniable environmental scientific results.

The oldfashioned ideological right-wing generation won't bring us the correct vision and renewal that is needed in our urgent different situations.
You seem to have no eye for different sides of stories - the thing you accuse your oponents of.
And you are certainly not the correct scientist, in the way your university (should have) teached you to be.

As Obama, Schwarzenegger is admired here in Holland, for his broad vision, energy and personal development - also by me.
Although both certainly do things I don't agree with...

With unemployment at over 12%, California has one of America’s highest unemployment rates. California also suffers beyond many states due to its punitive sales and income taxes, bloated unionized bureaucracy, chronic illegal immigration and gratuitous environmental laws. In economic recession, California has seen an unprecedented exodus of people and businesses who can no longer prosper in the once “Golden State.”

Before the economic downturn, Californians naively approved the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32) that mandates 2012 reductions of greenhouse gases through carbon taxes, alternative fuels and renewable replacements. All new climate laws increase the unit production costs and corresponding consumer prices of goods and services. A study by the Governor's Small Business Advocate reports that small businesses pay more than $134,000 each in annual California regulatory costs. Estimates are that the total cost of California regulations is about $493 billion annually – the equivalent of 3.8 million jobs. Environmental regulatory costs are a significant embedded cost in all of California’s products, services and enterprise.

California voters can stop climate laws like the California Global Warming Solutions Act (A.B. 32), if State Assemblyman Dan Logue succeeds in collecting signatures for a November 2010 ballot initiative. Simply put, Logue’s initiative would block implementation of A.B. 32 until the state’s unemployment rate is reduced to below 5.5%. As a Central Valley Republican, Logue estimates that A.B. 32 could cost the state an additional 1million in job losses with its cap-and –trade system to reduce greenhouse gases to 1990 levels.

What is clear in California, and globally, given recent climate frauds, is that partisan ideologies and cultish environmentalism have replaced prudent science and economic realities in climate policy. What is also clear is that environmentalism no longer offers any product or service in support of our future security and prosperity. Militant environmentalism and green-obsessed bureaucrats have become an “axis of antagonism” that we can no longer afford.


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