I know there's a lot of Ahnold hatas out there. But I tip my hat again today to a Republican politician who is living up to the legacy of Teddy Roosevelt.
Thanks to honest negotiation among industry and environmental groups California now has its own Kyoto accord. The state has committed to reducing its CO2 emissions to 1990 levels by 2025. As the 12th largest producer of greenhouse gases, California has taken an action whose impact rivals that of any European country joining Kyoto.
The program is market based, with the legislature set to implement a carbon emisions trading system and even has a safetey valve, that lets the governor make a temporary rollback in the event of an earthquake, geological or financial. Not only is this Global Warming pact right thing to do, but I predict it's going to goose California's tech sector as the demand for clean energy solutions rises.
I don't know why it took a Republican governor to get this done (how about it Bill Richardson? Tim Kaine? Janet Napolitano?) but I'm proud my state is the first to pull its head out of the sand and meet this crisis head on.
What do you think, Californians? Did the Governator earn your vote today?