Sunday, December 23, 2007

Arnold's Air Agenda

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger-R is on the warpath. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has slammed the state's authorization to raise targets of CO2 emissions reduction for vehicles. Viewed as a potential model for a nationwide effort to reduce greenhouse gases, the landmark initiative seeks to set its own standards as its contribution towards environmental protection. EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson echoed the federal government reasoning that " the Bush Administration is moving forward with a clear national solution, not a confusing patchwork of state rules. I believe this is a better approach than if individual states were to act alone".

Governor Schwarzenegger is unconvinced. Claiming the Federal government has no standards, and denying their right under the Clean Air Act to set their own; California, together with 16 other states will sue the government to reverse the decision. California needed only a waiver, which was automatic over the past decades, in recognition of its struggle with air pollution.

As a matter of crony policy, Bush wants to protect his Republican financiers from unnecessary research and development and additional manufacturing costs. This will diminish their campaign contributions for the 2008 elections! At a period when they are about to pack their bags from the White House, they want to contribute to the protection of automakers, not the environment. This is consistent with the Bush Administration's record on the environment, stop, stall, and stonewall. The Bush gang's motto is "going greedy, not going green".

Just recently, Governor Arnold was all praises for Bush during the latter's visit and "concern" for the state during the wildfires from Simi Valley to San Diego. Now, he's all fired up threatening to sue. Or he may opt to charge the EPA as he did with the wildfire, straight to the source just like Conan the Barbarian. As far as the White House is concerned, Arnold may don his Terminator persona and pound the White House into submission. Who do they think they're dealing with here, Mickey Mouse?

There is no telling what Arnold will undertake to give California what it needs. It may even lead him to change party affiliations. His wife comes from a Democrat clan, so its not far fetched. However, recalling all those super action hero roles, one is left to imagine the amount of "persuasion and power" that Mr. Schwarzenegger can employ in this new struggle. No doubt what he is doing will be good for California and perhaps the entire United States if it becomes the model of CO2 emissions reduction standards. Even the world will be looking to benefit from it.

Can he still do it? His body has been in too many battles, in films. Politically, not much, but he is considered an intellectual lightweight. Knowing what he's got intellectually and the current state of his body... ahhh..... I can't make...errrr.... a definite.....ah...statement. A picture is worth more than a thousand words. I'll give one : AAAAAAAARRRRRRGHHH! You can have the rest of the 999 words.


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