Governor Schwarzenegger was introduced to his third Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3 as an action figure hero for global climate change with a “muscle and heart,” by UC Davis Chancellor Dr. Linda Katehi. The conference welcomed more than 1,500 attendees from more than 80 states, provinces and countries at the opening of the Governors' Global Climate Summit 3.
Katehi continued that Schwarzenegger had upset the status quo with his leadership on the defeat of California initiative Proposition 23 clean energy supporters framed as the Dirty Energy Initiative which was funded by two Texas oil companies who portrayed their support as being concerned about Californians losing their jobs.
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Katehi finished, “The world is watching us, now is the time for a national agenda on climate change and to have the government become a true partner. It is time for the United States to lead on climate change.”
Schwarzenegger defended his active role in defeating Proposition 23 in order to protect his historic Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 for which will be his greatest legacy. “This is an historic transition. Any change is not easy and sometimes it can get ugly. We have to continue to stand up to them [pollution generators], buck their lies, and move forward.”
Schwarzenegger’s California to save the world
Schwarzenegger reflected that “Proposition 23 was about the old versus the new, David and Goliath. As the eighth largest economy, we have enough power to push the concerns and solutions regarding the environment around the globe. They stopped us in Copenhagen, Denmark and again in Washington, D.C. There was only one problem left – California. “
California is the engine of powerful economic growth. The clean sector has created ten times more jobs than any other industry in the state. Schwarzenegger in the true terminator style so many voted him into office for remarked, “It was about making their walnuts even fatter. In the state of California, over 19,000 die yearly from smog related illnesses. When I ran for Governor in 2003 I said that if these special interests would try to push me, I would push back.”
Defeat of Proposition 23 was massive
The Governor stated that Californians not only beat the two Texas oil companies who attempted to deceive Californians, but beat them by 22 points with 39% voting yes and 61% voting no to defeat the measure. “We said not only no to their lies but yes to clean air, yes to clean jobs, and yes to a clean future. Our environment is not for sale. We are here to fight for the long run. When the economy is down, it is easy to sacrifice the environment but you can protect the environment and the economy at the same time. The science, the economy, and the people are on our side.”
Environment is a non-partisan issue
“There is one more lesson here,” the Governor fanned. “Too often the environment is labeled a Democratic issue, however, we appealed to voters across the spectrum. Our message was jobs, national security, and public health. Everyone wants to breathe clean air and to drink clean water.”
“So as we move forward, Schwarzenegger finished, “ let’s not get stuck on what we do not agree on but let’s discuss the stuff we do agree on. Let us forge ahead dedicated to our task, and so I say let’s do it.”