Nearly a year and a half after leaving office, former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to obsess on climate hysteria while the state faces the imminent effects of the "Global Warming Final Solutions Act", his pet project from 2006. AB32, sold under the pretext of reducing greenhouse emissions, will reportedly cost Californians thousands of dollars per family and establish a cap and trade program.
The Wall Street Journal published 'The Price of Green Virtue' on July 6th, outlining two studies which have revealed disastrous results of the law. As a result of AB32, gasoline prices are forecast to rise nearly three dollars per gallon by 2015 and energy costs will greatly increase, costing each family approximately $2,500 per year.
The two studies were conducted by separate groups. Cost impacts of California's AB 32 was a study conducted by the California Manufacturers and Technology Association [read the report here.] An unrelated report was released by The Western States Petroleum Association who "engaged the services of the respected Boston Consulting Group" to analyze "California's many new climate change policies."
Meanwhile, Schwarzenegger tweeted a photo of himself with U.N. stooge Kandeh Yumkella on July 24th, remarking "Enjoyed talking sustainable energy with @UNIDO Director-General Kandeh Yumkella today. Such an energetic leader." On it's official webpage, UNIDO (The United Nations Industrial Development Organization) is described as "the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability." Yumkella recently gave a speech entitled "four reasons why the world needs to act fast on climate change".
R20 "Regions of Climate Action", a non-profit organization, was "founded in 2011 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and other global leaders in cooperation with the United Nations" "to reduce energy consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions". R20's stated mission is "To help states, provinces, regions and other subnational governments around the world develop, implement and communicate low-carbon and climate-resilient economic development projects, policies and best practices." Only two states in the U.S., California and Michigan, are listed as "founding members" of R20. No word on whether the states notified the taxpayers about the $25,000 annual membership fees, or who allocated the funds. A news article linked by Schwarzenegger's site points out that "More than 100 financial institutions, including the World Bank" are involved with R20. Academic partners in the U.S. include UCLA and UC Davis.
Californians had a chance to stop the broad-based climate change law in 2010, but surprisingly rejected it. Proposition 23 would have suspended AB32 until unemployment in the golden state subsided, but the voters rejected it by a 23% margin. KillCarb.org has many interviews on the topic of AB32 including one with Congressman Tom McClintock, who derided AB32 along with the "most extreme fringe of the environmental cause". McClintock is best known as the libertarian-minded lawmaker who ran for governor against Schwarzenegger in the 2003 recall election. The California Air Resources Board, on the other hand, has set up a webpage "Setting the Record Straight on AB 32", defending the law and trying to debunk opponents arguments.
In May 2011, it was revealed that Schwarzenegger fathered a love child with the family housekeeper. Shriver and Schwarzenegger subsequently announced in a joint statement that they "are living apart while we work on the future of our relationship" and "are continuing to parent our four children together". Maria recently celebrated her daughter's birthday without Arnold, yet she still appreciates chivalry and kind men as she spends her twilight years alone. The ex-governor, meanwhile, was pictured at Venice Beach, CA July 13th with his son. Neither Shriver nor Schwarzenegger are wearing their wedding rings. Shriver, the niece of John F. Kennedy, seems to focus her time and twitter posts on positive thinking, inspirational and philisophical matters. Arnold's website conversely focuses on motivating people to do something about their chicken legs.
Californians can thank the Republican establishment for pushing this environmental whacko into power and enacting his bogus laws onto the people of the state. Hopefully Republicans will remember this lesson when presented with similar frauds such as Willard "father of ObamaCare" Mitt Romney, the ultimate flip-flopper.