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Governor’s Office Celebrates AB 32’s Three Year Anniversary

Environmental Protection Secretary Linda Adams delivered Gov. Schwarzenegger’s weekly radio address and was Tuesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”. Here are her words:

“Hi, this is Linda Adams, Secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency, filling in for Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger with another California Report.

This week we celebrated the 3rd Anniversary of the signing of Assembly Bill 32, California’s landmark global warming law.

That law commits California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the 1990-levels by the year 2020, which is about a 25 percent decrease.

But like the Governor always says, signing the law was just the first step. The real action is in implementing the law.

For example, within the last few years, we have passed the world’s first Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

We adopted regulations to capture methane from landfills, improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty tractors and cars, and reduce the carbon footprint of our ports and big ships.

In fact, California has already adopted regulations that account for 40 percent of our AB 32 goals.

So we are making great progress.

However, as the Governor says, climate change is an issue that transcends borders.

It is a global crisis, that requires a global solution.

That is why we have gone out and formed partnerships, with Western states, with Northeastern states, with Mexican states, with Canadian provinces, with European nations, and the list goes on.

In fact, I just recently had the pleasure of participating in the launch of China’s first greenhouse gas emissions registry. But there’s a lot of great action still to come.

Next week Gov. Schwarzenegger will host his second annual Governors Global Climate Summit.

We will bring together 30 Governors, and hundreds of other experts, from 70 different states and provinces.

Our goal is to form a broad, international alliance.

So when the UN starts their work in Copenhagen in December, they’ll have the results of our summit as a framework for a new Kyoto Agreement.

But the Governor has always said fighting climate change is about much more than just the environment.

It’s also about building a new foundation for our economy, that is built on clean technology and clean fuel and clean cars.

That’s what we’re doing here in California.

In just the last 3 years, scientists and entrepreneurs have pumped more than $6 billion of venture capital into California.

Since 2005, green jobs in California have grown 10 times faster than other areas.

We lead the nation in the number of clean energy businesses, with more than 10,000. As the Governor says, we are proving it is possible to protect both the environment and the economy.

On behalf of the Governor, this is Linda Adams. Thank you for listening.”

The “Newsmaker of the day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:47, 7:47 and 8:47am.

Written by mark@mlode.com