Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will soon convene a global summit of governors from developing countries to advance the transition to a clean-energy economy.
Listen to the governor as he discusses California's role managing greenhouse gases, promoting green jobs and developing clean technology before he hosts the Governors' Global Climate Summit.
Linda Adams, former director of the California Department of Water Resources, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in May 2006 as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, making her the first woman to serve as head of the agency.
As Cal/EPA's Secretary, Adams oversees the environmental activities of the Air Resources Board, California Integrated Waste Management Board, State Water Resources Control Board, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Pesticide Regulation, and the approximately 5,000 employees that serve the state's diverse environmental programs.
Immediately upon appointment, Secretary Adams was designated as Governor Schwarzenegger's lead negotiator on AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Adams is now working closely with states, provinces and countries around the world to develop a network of climate initiatives to achieve the greatest global reductions.
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.
Mary D. Nichols was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Chairman of the California Air Resources Board in July 2007. She returns to the Air Board 30 years after serving as the Chairman under Governor Jerry Brown from 1978 to 1983.
Nichols has devoted her entire career in public and private, not-for-profit service to advocating for the environment and public health. In addition to her work at the Air Board, she has held a number of positions, including: assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air and Radiation program under the Clinton Administration, Secretary for California's Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003, and Director of the University of California, Los Angeles Institute of the Environment.
As one of California's first environmental lawyers, she initiated precedent-setting test cases under the Federal Clean Air Act and California air quality laws while practicing as a staff attorney for the Center for Law in the Public Interest. Nichols holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.
Fran Pavley is a Democratic politician who currently represents Senate District 23, including portions of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties in the California Legislature. She previously served as a California Assemblywoman and as the first mayor of the Southern California community of Agoura Hills. She served as a Mayor and Council member for four terms.
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.
"Anyway I can help the Obama administration to be successful," says California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, "I will do so." The governor reiterates that partisan politics should not get in the way of America's continued success.
Wonderful! Now that Ahnold has destroyed the economy and is currently engaged in a War On The Poor of "his" state, he comes up with this brain storm to save his political ass. Pulease, go back to Hollywood, Muscle Head.
The battle of energy self sufficiency will be won at the local level and not through some injection of a Clean Energy wonder drug forced upon the taxpayer. Take as example, the "solar farm" being considered east of San Diego...It's a sham to use cheap coal fired technology right over the border in Mexico and then transmit the power via the lines installed for the "solar farm". Pure Hollywood fiction.
Despite the celebratory atmosphere of this speaking engagement, environmental spending seems likely to be examined more critically going forward.
Arnold's state is a leading example of why. We'll see soaring public budgets over the next 20 years, thanks to overly optimistic entitlements in the form of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and unfunded public employee pensions. The GAO says it is entirely possible that government will go from 30% of GDP (2008) to 50% in relatively short order.
As governments put the squeeze on family budgets, taxpayers will be less reluctant to give public managers carte blanche with their wallets
The environmental community feels great right now with the popularity of its stars and the success of its global warming campaign.
I submit that it is set up for disappointment - that it's marketing job is only going to get tougher. Lots tougher.
I thank Governor S for his efforts and wish him and his collaborators all success in the future. I wanted to give the talk the hightst rating, but accidentally gave it a low rating and couldn't change it. Sorry about that...
It doesn't mater what he says, it doesn't mater the truth or untruth of his statements, he, personally, is a total non issue. No one can take as a credible any position this man takes since he has successfully DESTROYED the state of California, one of the largest economies on earth. This is typical of people who hate government, they shouldn't be let near government, EVER. Asking his opinion on anything more important than his preferences on pizza toppings is a non starter.
I am for the deployment of nuclear plants in the US to the max. Replacing the ridiculous US regulatory process associated with them and putting a stop to anti-nuclear lawsuits by a bunch of crackpots.
Also, after looking at the ridiculous costs of "green" power like solar or wind to supply 24/7 electricity, I have come to see these as an expensive and damaging swindle/scam.
My education on the hype that goes with these "green" solutions and the truth about nuclear power started at this excellent website with the writings of Barry Brook, Peter Lang and others.
I agree with you 100% nuclear power should be substituted in place of coal while we phase in green power, combine this with electric/hybrid cars and were well on our way in becoming independent of oil. Tho there is a bit of a concern about the safety of nuclear power, such as meltdowns and use in terrorist attacks. I believe that these dangers are over exaggerated and impractical. Isolating these nuclear sites in a remote area would be more than enough for my safety.
Its great to hear that they are sequestering CO2, but are they sequestering fly ash and all the hazardous materials emitted by the coal plant? In my opinion, they should pursue a massive nuclear power plant building program, and convert all coal infrastructure to uranium mining and nuclear power, and decommission all coal plants. Coal plants emit more radiation than nuclear plants, and the pollution is distributed into the atmosphere, whereas nuclear plants contain the pollution into a very small and safe area, and emit not CO2 to begin with.
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