In signing a landmark climate change law two years ago, Governor Schwarzenegger put California ahead of the parade to a low-carbon economy. "The global warming debate is over," he declared. Public awareness has surged since then, but most of the hard work still lies ahead.
How will California meet its goal of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases 25 percent by 2020? Will offshore oil drilling be resumed? Who will pay for the transition to sustainable energy? Will California's energy and environmental laws become part of a national plan under a new president?
The governor will provide an update and his vision of the road ahead- The Commonwealth Club of California
Gregory Dalton is chief operating officer at the Commonwealth Club of California and Director of The Club's Climate 1 Initiative. He previously was international editor at The Industry Standard magazine, an editor for the Associated Press in New York, and a correspondent in China and Canada for the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper.
Proficient in both Mandarin and Cantonese, he is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor, businessman, and politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of the state of California. In May 2004 and 2007, he was named as one of the Time 100 people who help shape the world.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger believes that federal funding for research into building alternative fuel vehicles is a good idea and hopes that the federal government will adopt California's tailpipe emission standard nationwide.