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Arnold Schwarzenegger Blamed for Backtracking in the Fight Against Carbon Emission

The actor-turned-politician, Arnold Schwarzenegger, now Governor of California , is sought to be made out to be the environmental icon of the Centre Right. An overexcited BBC correspondent describes a new legislation AB 32 as Arnold Schwarzeneggers green revolution, confidently predicting that it is the answer to irresponsible energy binge. It will have a a knock-on effect across the US. he says.

But many are skeptical.

A top California air official resigned Monday last, saying that the Schwarzenegger administration "has lost its way on air quality."

Catherine Witherspoon, executive director of the California Air Resources Board, resigned less than a week after Arnold Schwarzenegger fired the board's chairman, Robert Sawyer, who said he was dismissed for aggressively pursuing greenhouse gas emission reductions. But first the good news.

The Assembly Bill 32 (AB32), or the Global Warming Solutions Act, passed last year by California's Democratic-led assembly, with the backing of the governor, a Republican.

The legislation obliges California to cut emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020. Work has begun on quantifying the level of emissions, after which a cap will be enforced, and industries will be able to buy and sell permits allowing a certain amount of pollution.

CALIFORNIA ACTS ON CLIMATE - what the bill proposes 2002 law on vehicle emissions cuts copied by 10 other states 2006 law AB32 demands cut in emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 $3bn programme to install solar panels on a million roofs Power generators must source 20% from renewable sources by 2010 Power firms rewarded if customers decrease energy use State suing six car makers for damage to climate While California's law has yet to be implemented fully, it is already being used as a template for nationwide action that American environmentalists hope will turn their country from a laggard
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