California Tackles Global Warming

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They call it California Dreamin' on global warming. Some mean a compliment by that. Some mean a dis.

Two weeks ago, Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and California's Democratic state assembly shook hands on an ambitious plan to cut the state's CO2 emissions 25 percent by 2020. That's huge — by far the country's most ambitious attack on greenhouse gases.

Proponents have cheered a clarion call to bold action that they say will put the Golden State way out front on new energy technologies. Opponents have sneered that it's feel-good environmentalism on a grand scale that will break the bank.

Hear about California's big bet against global warming.


Marc Lifsher, Reporter for Los Angeles Times.;
Fabian Nunez, Speaker of the California State Assembly and Democratic state representative from Los Angeles.;
Daniel Kammen, Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley.;
Dr. Margo Thorning, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for the American Council for Capital Formation. She was an official at the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration from 1978-81.;
Eileen Claussen, President of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and Strategies for the Global Environment. She is former Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, and former Director of Atmospheric Programs at the Environmental Protection Agency.

This program aired on September 13, 2006.


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