In signing a landmark climate change law two years ago, Governor Schwarzenegger put California ahead of the parade to a low-carbon economy. "The global warming debate is over," he declared. Public awareness has surged since then, but most of the hard work still lies ahead.
How will California meet its goal of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases 25 percent by 2020? Will offshore oil drilling be resumed? Who will pay for the transition to sustainable energy? Will California's energy and environmental laws become part of a national plan under a new president?
The governor will provide an update and his vision of the road ahead- The Commonwealth Club of California
Gregory Dalton is chief operating officer at the Commonwealth Club of California and Director of The Club's Climate 1 Initiative. He previously was international editor at The Industry Standard magazine, an editor for the Associated Press in New York, and a correspondent in China and Canada for the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper.
Proficient in both Mandarin and Cantonese, he is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor, businessman, and politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of the state of California. In May 2004 and 2007, he was named as one of the Time 100 people who help shape the world.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger believes that federal funding for research into building alternative fuel vehicles is a good idea and hopes that the federal government will adopt California's tailpipe emission standard nationwide.
Increase in the global average surface temperature resulting from enhancement of the greenhouse effect, primarily by air pollution. In 2007 the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change forecasted that by 2100 global average surface temperatures would increase 3.27.2 °F (1.84.0 °C), depending on a range of scenarios for greenhouse gas emissions, and stated that it was now 90 percent certain that most of the warming observed over the previous half century could be attributed to greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activities (i.e., industrial processes and transportation). Many scientists predict that such an increase in temperature would cause polar ice caps and mountain glaciers to melt rapidly, significantly raising the levels of coastal waters, and would produce new patterns and extremes of drought and rainfall, seriously disrupting food production in certain regions. Other scientists maintain that such predictions are overstated. The 1992 Earth Summit and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change attempted to address the issue of global warming, but in both cases the efforts were hindered by conflicting national economic agendas and disputes between developed and developing nations over the cost and consequences of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.
(born July 30, 1947, Graz, Austria) Austrian-born U.S. film actor and politician. A bodybuilder in Austria, he moved to the U.S. in 1968 and won the title of Mr. Universe five times and Mr. Olympia seven times before retiring undefeated in 1980. After appearing in the documentary Pumping Iron (1977), he starred in Conan the Barbarian (1982) and its sequel Conan the Destroyer (1984). Noted for his extraordinary physique and heavy accent, he became an international star with The Terminator (1984) and its sequels (1991, 2003). His other films include Kindergarten Cop (1990), Total Recall (1990), True Lies (1994), and The 6th Day (2000). In 2003 Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California in a recall election.
Whatever people may think of Gov. Schwarzenegger, at least he is keeping California's liberal tradition alive. Besides, what sane person wouldn't agree with his opinions on offshore drilling and clean energy.
The only thing we should do is give a tax credit to tax payers who drive a 4 cylinder vehicle. That would go a tremendously long way to reducing our oil consumption. For those of you that think there is some magical way to make an alternative fuel, you are clueless and dreaming. All other energy sources are either impractical for automotive use, or require more energy to produce then energy received. So, if you think for a minute that we are going to get off of oil you are living in a fantasy world. What we need to do is conserve oil while still using it for our personal transportation needs.
Off shore drilling will help to reduce our dependency on foreign oil which overall I think is a great thing, for the economy and lessening terrorism. However, I think it also would be beneficial for the environment if the government spent more time in the development of other energy sources like solar and bio fuels. Although it is expensive I think in the long run it would benefit not only the our country but the world.
California is a republic -always- at some edge: tech, civil rights and other advances.
Let submarine battery tech tax free. Historically, the old age is already doomed.
We could go the tandem: nuclear (for production of H2) and use that almost infinite resource. And nuclear to produce clean electric energy to drive vehicles and "everything else", as well.
Cheers from Canary Islands.