Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger stated that he applauds the U.S. Senate for blocking the Murkowski resolution and upholding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to fight global climate change by enforcing the Clean Air Act and the new federal vehicle emissions standard modeled after California’s nation-leading standard:
“I applaud the U.S. Senate for rejecting this attempt to block national clean energy efforts, even as oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico. Instead of trying to go backwards, Congress should be helping the nation move forward and prepare for the clean energy economy of the 21st century.
“California is leading the way in enacting ambitious policies and programs that are reducing our dependency on oil, growing our green economy and combating climate change. And, because of our forward-thinking policies, some of the most advanced technology companies in the world are investing in California and creating jobs. I urge Congress to continue moving forward to pass a comprehensive federal clean energy plan this year.”
Earlier this week in California's gubernatorial primaries, Meg Whitman, former CEO of EBay, cruised into the top spot as Republican candidate for the upcoming General Election. Jerry Brown runs as the Democratic candidate.