California Set to Tackle Global Warming

Critics say plan is long on symbolism and short on substance and offers no laws or regulations for enforcement.

Published: 30-May-2005

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Bucking the Bush administration, Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to unveil an ambitious plan this week to combat global warming that would make California the largest state in the nation to set concrete goals for cutting greenhouse gases, the Mercury News has learned.

Under an executive order Schwarzenegger plans to sign Wednesday, the governor will call on state officials to develop new ways to reduce greenhouse gases by 11 percent over the next five years, 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.

The proposal would put California at the forefront of a burgeoning state and local effort to try to curtail emissions heating the Earth's atmosphere and place Schwarzenegger at odds with President Bush, who has rejected international efforts to combat global warming.

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