The Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has said that he might want to be the Secretary of the Environment under an Obama administration, which might seem a strange aspiration for a supposed Republican. But Schwarzenegger is quite eco-conscious, and California is leaping ahead in the green stakes under his stewardship. The latest (via the Guardian):
The state of California yesterday unveiled an elaborate plan to cut pollution to 1990 levels within 12 years, taking on the fight against climate change in the wake of inaction from the Bush administration.
California regulators aim to force companies into either capping carbon emissions or buying permits from cleaner competitors that allow them to exceed the limits.
The system would resemble the "cap-and-trade" pollution reduction scheme that was defeated in Congress this month.
"This is by far the most significant step yet in California's effort to fill the void that's left by the absence of a national policy," Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the state air resources board, told local reporters yesterday.
The California plan, devised in response to the anti-pollution law signed in 2006 by governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, exceeds any climate change measure previously offered by US states or cities.
The standard for electricity derived from renewable sources would be hiked from 20% to 33%. Appliances would become more energy-efficient and new construction more sustainable.