The climate talks in Copenhagen are coming to a climax and winding down this week. Copenhagen has been “Disneyland for policy wonks,” said Gary Gero of Los Angeles in an L.A. Times article by Margot Roosevelt that offered a summary of the broad array of Californians who were drawn to Denmark. Roosevelt points out that California boasts the “first-in-the-nation economy-wide climate legislation, its first-in-the-world low-carbon fuel standard, and its highest-in-the nation renewable-energy requirements.”
Governor Schwarzenegger has an opinion about climate change. He’s been in Denmark to spread his message globally. Appearing on Good Morning America, Schwarzenegger communicated his key message: “It is nonsense to say we must talk about the economy, before discussing climate change.” Schwarzenegger believes that both are important and that dealing with climate change is a key to building a stronger economy. We encourage you to read the speech he gave this week in Copenhagen where he was representing our state.
Another excellent account of Schwarzenegger’s efforts in Denmark is available from Christopher Gavigan of Los Angeles who writes about a “very promising and exciting accord [that] has already been made in Denmark, and [how] its impacts will hopefully resonate throughout the country.”
The headlines from Copenhagen have emphasized the discord, however, with public and private sector leaders from around the world gathering to discuss one of the most important issues of our day, you can be sure that something productive is happening as well. We encourage you to follow some of these links to educate yourself about Copenhagen beyond the top headlines of the week.
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