California, UK join to reduce emissions, fight global warming

| 8/1/2006

In a move that defies the Bush Administration, Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and British Prime Minister Tony Blair signed a groundbreaking agreement Monday, July 31, to become partners and act aggressively to address climate change and promote energy diversity.

“California will not wait for our federal government to take strong action on global warming,” said Schwarzenegger in a statement, after an hour-long roundtable focused on clean energy and climate issues with the Prime Minister and more than a dozen CEOs.

“Today, we are taking an unprecedented step by signing an agreement between California and the United Kingdom. International partnerships are needed in the fight against global warming and California has a responsibility and a profound role to play to protect not only our environment, but to be a world leader on this issue as well.”

One of the main goals of the pairing will be to collaborate on technology research to reduce emissions from the transportation sector, with specific emphasis on California’s emission standards and the United Kingdom’s experience with renewable fuels and clean coal technologies.

According to a press release, the agreement also commits both California and the United Kingdom to:

  • Evaluate and implement market-based mechanisms that spur innovation;
  • Deepen the understanding of the economics of climate change; and
  • Enhance linkages between scientific communities.

California is the 12th largest emitter of carbon in the world, according to the governor’s press release.