California Governor Sparks Revolutionary Energy Plan

Environmentalists called the plan revolutionary, and energy experts said it would be watched closely by policymakers from Washington to London and Berlin, where similar policies are under consideration.

Published: 11-Jan-2007

In the state's biggest, immediate step toward cutting global warming pollution, Gov. Schwarzenegger on Tuesday began shifting California's 26 million cars and trucks off petroleum-based fuels and toward alternatives that emit less greenhouse gas.

The governor said his new, greenhouse-gas standard for transportation fuels — the world's first — "leads us away from fossil fuel" and would help "in moving the entire country beyond debate, denial and inaction" on global warming.

"Our cars have been running on dirty fuel for too long. We have been dependent on foreign oil for too long, so I ask you to free us from dirty oil and from OPEC," Schwarzenegger said in his state of the state address, referring to the oil cartel.

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