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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:48 AM
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Bill to Curb Greenhouse Gases Poses Dilemma for Schwarzenegger
Bill to Curb Greenhouse Gases Poses Dilemma for Schwarzenegger

August 10, 2006 By Samantha Young, Reuters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's efforts to position himself as a leader on climate change while maintaining support from business leaders has created an election-year dilemma that threatens to undermine his environmental credentials.

The Democratic majority in the Legislature plans to send him a bill this month that would create the country's first law capping greenhouse gas emissions from refineries, power plants and other industrial sources. He has asked for several pro-business changes to the bill that Democrats and environmentalists complain would severely weaken it.

Schwarzenegger has made global warming his signature environmental issue and is eager to sign a climate measure before he faces the state's Democratic-leaning electorate in November. It also would be another way for him to set himself apart from President Bush, who has opposed regulating global warming gases and is deeply unpopular in California.
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At the same time, the Republican governor must tread carefully in the face of criticism from his own party for even considering signing legislation that businesses oppose.
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ERF Donating Member (318 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 06:05 AM
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1. Sure hope he does what's right and doesn't chicken
out like a little girle man.
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krkaufman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:06 AM
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2. One state unilaterally applying caps will likely fail
Companies will choose to move, rather than cap their emissions, and California's economy will be hurt. Hope I'm wrong, 'cause we've gotta do something.
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ERF Donating Member (318 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:17 AM
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3. Keep in mind that the economy of California is the size
of France i.e. the 5th largest in the world.

Moreover, it depends on how far-reaching the measure is. Companies are not going to stop selling cars to people in CA. Also, it is easier to move a headquarters than it is to move a factory. Moving infrastructure is the big challenge. CA economics is a large part agriculture and a large part high tech. Both of those things might just have to stay in CA the former because you can't move the land and the latter because it depends on its people.

Also keep in mind that the US is very competitive globally in terms of emissions per unit of GDP. The massive difference is in how people live and get to work. The greatest potential for immediate efficiency is in homes and vehicles.
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krkaufman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 09:56 AM
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4. Yes, agreed. That is my hope. If any state(s) can pull this off...
... it'd be California and New York.

Thanks for the reassurance/background.
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cally Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:02 AM
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5. We've been adopting stricter environmental laws for more than
20 years. Each time, industry lobbyists complain that it will hurt the California economy. California's economy has not been hurt. I've seen academic studies of how decisions on industry locations are made. Wages, energy costs, and the executives desire to live somewhere are much better predictors of location choice. California adoption of strict environmental regs is critical to the nation. Other states will often follow California's lead after we try it out and work out the kinks.
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Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:48 AM
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7. It hasn't worked that way in the past
California has been on the front line of environmentalism for severak decades and the saying has always been Where California goes the nation soon follows. I think that will still be the case but doubt they will go far enough to do much good.
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