Schwarzenegger Urges States to Push Washington on Global Warming

California has been battling the federal Environmental Protection Agency for two years to get permission to implement a state law that would require automakers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from cars and 18 percent from sport utility vehicles by the 2009 model year.

Published: 16-Jul-2007

MIAMI: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urged U.S. states Friday to pressure Washington to do more to prevent climate change, discounting the argument that protecting the environment hurts the economy.

Speaking at a summit organized by Republican Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Schwarzenegger said the climate change issue should not be political and is one that conservatives also must embrace.

"There is no Democratic planet Earth. There is no Republican planet Earth. There's just a planet Earth and we all have a responsibility to take care of it," Schwarzenegger, a Republican, told the crowd of 600.

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