When Californians choose a successor to Governor Schwarzenegger this November, will the state stay the course on clean energy or take a new approach? Have recent energy laws brought investment capital into the state or have they increased costs for companies and consumers? Has California's central climate change law, AB 32, spurred new jobs and innovation or stifled business? And while America squabbles, is China surging ahead in the clean tech race?
Governor Schwarzenegger has passionately insisted that California can grow its economy and protect its rich environmental heritage. Tune in for a conversation with the governor about his trip to China, his own record on sustainability, and the energy choices ahead for 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.
Fabian Núñez has been a labor union adviser and a Democratic politician. He served three-two year terms as a member of the State Assembly, leaving office late in 2008. During his last two terms, Nunez was the Assembly Speaker, the 66th person to hold that position.
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.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger voice his support for the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), which is in danger of suspension this November. Gov. Schwarzenegger likens the law to surgery: the long-term benefits, he argues, will outweigh the short-term expense.
Advocacy of the preservation or improvement of the natural environment, especially the social and political movement to control environmental pollution. Other specific goals of environmentalism include control of human population growth, conservation of natural resources, restriction of the negative effects of modern technology, and the adoption of environmentally benign forms of political and economic organization. Environmental advocacy at the international level by nongovernmental organizations and some states has resulted in treaties, conventions, and other instruments of environmental law addressing problems such as global warming, the depletion of the ozone layer, and the danger of transboundary pollution from nuclear accidents. Influential U.S. and British environmentalists have included Thomas Robert Malthus, John Muir, Rachel Carson, Barry Commoner, Paul R. Ehrlich, and Edward O. Wilson. In the social sciences, the term refers to any theory that emphasizes the importance of environmental factors in the development of culture and society.
(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.
California's emission laws are inexcusable. We have long since moved pass the point where cleaner burning engines = more efficient engines. Modern diesel engine emissions standards require the use of systems like heated catalysts, diesel exhaust fluids, hydraulic electric unit injectors, turbo compounders, and other systems that drastically reduce the lifespan and reliability of the engines all while reducing the fuel efficiency. I run a lot of diesel engines on the farm and would much rather buy new engines as built in the mid 70s to 80s than anything on the market now. The fuel efficiency of a 30 year old 2 stroke diesel engine is on par with the best technology today. We have moved backwards in lb/hp.hour all to reduce a little soot. How sad is that.