When Californians choose a successor to Governor Schwarzenegger this November, will the state stay the course on clean energy or take a new approach? Have recent energy laws brought investment capital into the state or have they increased costs for companies and consumers? Has California's central climate change law, AB 32, spurred new jobs and innovation or stifled business? And while America squabbles, is China surging ahead in the clean tech race?
Governor Schwarzenegger has passionately insisted that California can grow its economy and protect its rich environmental heritage. Tune in for a conversation with the governor about his trip to China, his own record on sustainability, and the energy choices ahead for 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.
Fabian Núñez has been a labor union adviser and a Democratic politician. He served three-two year terms as a member of the State Assembly, leaving office late in 2008. During his last two terms, Nunez was the Assembly Speaker, the 66th person to hold that position.
Fran Pavley is a Democratic politician who currently represents Senate District 23, including portions of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties in the California Legislature. She previously served as a California Assemblywoman and as the first mayor of the Southern California community of Agoura Hills. She served as a Mayor and Council member for four terms.
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.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger voice his support for the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), which is in danger of suspension this November. Gov. Schwarzenegger likens the law to surgery: the long-term benefits, he argues, will outweigh the short-term expense.