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In acknowledgement of the nearly 60-40 bipartisan defeat of Prop. 23 in California's recent election, find below a strong reconfirmation on Climate Action from our state leadership. In it, Arnold Schwartzenegger (R) reconfirms the critical importance of California's landmark climate change response legislation, AB 32, and underscores the collaboration of governors from across the Western region in joining California on climate action.


On this, the eve of Thanksgiving Day, I take a moment to be grateful.  

Thank you, everyone!





p.s.  It was great to see the folks in our state and region come out strong on climate action.

It was doubly reassuring to watch young professionals from all over the United States work day and night to ensure that young California voters were not unaware of this threat to undermine our resolve. A Special Thank-You to Stephanie from Tennessee, and to Brett from Arizona!  And to their fearless leader, Dan Jacobsen from California.  You rock!



From Arnie:


Thank you for your letter on an issue I take to heart - fighting global climate change.  I appreciate you taking the time to share your concern about the impact of global climate change on California. 


We know the science, we see the threat and the time for action is now.

That's why I worked with members of our Legislature to pass the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32).  AB 32 established California as a national leader in the fight against climate change.  We established a program for capping and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and California is set to reduce GHG emissions to 2000 levels by 2010, to 1990 levels by 2020 and to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.


While California leads the way, we must work with our neighbors in the fight.  I've partnered with the governors of Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona to create the Western Regional Climate Action Initiative, a joint strategy to combat global climate change.  Like AB 32, the agreement establishes a regional cap and reduction program for GHG emissions, as well as a framework for developing a similar national program.


To reduce GHG emissions and also decrease California's reliance on foreign oil, I have established the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) for transportation.  By 2020, the LCFS will reduce the carbon intensity of California's transportation fuels by at least 10 percent - the equivalent of removing 3 million cars from the road.


Through our efforts to fight climate change, we can secure both a stronger economy and a cleaner environment for future generations.  Our programs promote economic growth by developing green technology.  Just as the computer industry and the Internet built the economy of Silicon Valley, green-clean technology can be the next great economic wave for California.


Thanks again for your interest in climate change and for writing to share your thoughts.  I truly appreciate your personal commitment to the future of our great state.



Arnold Schwarzenegger




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