California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to terminate greenhouse gas emissions in his state.
In his State of the State address Tuesday, Governor Schwarzenegger called for the establishment of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard in California, a “first-of-its kind standard” that will reduce the carbon intensity of California’s passenger vehicle fuels by at least 10 percent by the year 2020.
According to the Governor’s press office, the proposal would create “the world’s first global warming standard for transportation fuels.”
During his address, the governor said, “Our cars have been running on dirty fuel for too long. Our country has been dependent on foreign oil for too long. So, I ask you to set to motion the means to free ourselves from oil and from OPEC.”
Earlier on Tuesday, administration officials, industry and academic experts and stakeholders discussed the proposal at the state capitol. Among them was former California Secretary of State Bill Jones, who is now co-founder and chairman of Pacific Ethanol Inc. Jones called Schwartzenegger’s plan “historic, and it is one of the most comprehensive, well-thought out policies I’ve ever seen.”