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>California Says, We Are Going To Pump You Up!


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced an award of up to $122 million over five years to the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), an Energy Innovation Hub with a team of leading researchers tasked with developing revolutionary methods to generate fuels directly from sunlight:


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger delivers comments to NARUC July 21st in Sacramento. Photo courtesy Justin Short.


The Hub will be funded at up to $22 million this fiscal year and is one of only three that will receive funding this year. For more information visit:

“California has always been the birthplace for the nation and the world’s newest wave of research and innovation, so it couldn’t be more fitting the Department of Energy chose our state for this groundbreaking work. This energy hub will bring together some of the best minds to work on solutions that will reduce our dependence on oil and increase our energy security, all while creating jobs in our state. We have always led the way in California, and this impressive team will help further advance our global leadership in clean energy technologies.”

As a matter of fact, there are 270 companies that want to build now in California for renewable energy,…

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered remarks at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Annual Summer Committee Meetings on July 21, 2010.

Excerpts from the Partial Transcripts follow:

(Sacramento, Calif. July 21, 2010)  …And this is something that we have had in California. We have had consistency.

And this is why we have to go and do everything that we can to continue with that consistency. Why? Because we have to be and all of you have to be an inspiration to the federal government to create that consistency, because the federal government is a disaster when it comes to energy policy. They haven’t had an energy policy for decades.

We all remember when Jimmy Carter came in with some brilliant ideas about solar and about doing research and exploration of shale oil and wind and all of those kind of things. The next administration came in and said well, wait a minute. A barrel of oil is down to $10. Why are we futzing around with all this stuff over here when we can just buy the oil? And the policy was out the window. So this is not consistency, so people don’t know, should we invest in this or not invest in it? They don’t know. They’re confused.

And right now, several decades later — and I’ve watched all this since I’ve been in this country, I can tell you — it is really amazing that today the federal government still doesn’t have a policy. They have no idea how much they’re going to rely on more nuclear plants, what is their portfolio, their goal when it comes to renewable. No idea. No one can answer that question, how much should we reduce in greenhouse gases, what should our standards be, what kind of cars do we want 10 years, 20 years down the road? None of those things anyone can answer.

And this is a disaster because the rest of the world, European countries, have a goal. Even in 1976 when they started changing, when they saw the oil crisis. The Europeans stayed on course even though the oil price went down. And now, 30 years later, you see the great work that is being done in Germany, in Spain, in Portugal, Denmark and all of those European countries…  Read Entire Transcript at:


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>U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Authority Upheld for Clean Air Act


Photo Courtesy Justin Short.

Just when people and pundits had been saying that the Climate and Energy bill traveling through the Senate wouldn’t get anywhere near the attention that the Dems’ pet Health Bill received, the Gulf Oil Gusher, our nation’s worst environmental disaster to date, hit. 

The terrible upside to disasters is that they spotlight disastrous situations and systemic failures and weak links.

Meeting this past Thursday in Washington D.C., California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke with Henry A. Waxman, co-author of the Waxman-Markey Bill who also chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee (D-California) and also U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. 

Schwarzenegger and Sebelius in D.C. Photo Courtesy Justin Short.

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>Riverkeeper Names Arnold Fisherman Of The Year


At Riverkeeper’s Annual Fisherman’s Ball in New York City last night, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California accepted the organization’s 2010 Environmental Advocacy Award.

Governor Schwarzenegger Is Honored With Riverkeeper’s 2010 Environmental Advocacy Award, NYC, April 14, 2010

Award Acceptance was staged as a parody of Inside The Actor’s Studio, with host James Lipton offering a relatively relaxed Q&A format with the Governor that event hosts dubbed Inside The Hudson River.

Inside The Hudson River, Lipton Interviews Arnold, April 14, 2010, NYC, Fisherman’s Ball

Lipton prompted Arnold to talk freely about his farmboy roots, growing up milking cows on his parents’ Austrian farm as a kid where there was “no running hot water and very little money,” which Arnold attributed to motivating him to dream big and succeed in becoming the youngest ever Mr. Universe by the age of 20.  He confided that body building had always, for him, been a stepping stone, “a stepping stone to what, I didn’t know at the time,” but that soon enough he turned his efforts to acting once he immigrated to the U.S., a country he calls “the greatest country in the world.”

The Austrian native earned loud chuckles from the gathered guests when he regaled of taking classes at both Santa Monica College and UCLA Extension for accent reduction.  He said he hadn’t wanted to be perceived as intimidating because of his accent. He also acknowledged his belief in the importance of maintaining a healthy sense of humor whether holding down a career in show business or in public office. He said one of his fondest movie roles was the making of Kindergarten Cop.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger honored at Riverkeeper’s Annual Fisherman’s Ball, NYC 4-14-2010.

Awarding him the Environmental Advocacy honor was Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who is founder and sr. legal counsel for Riverkeeper.  We here at GBN really don’t think nepotism had anything to do with the Governor’s being honored as Fisherman of The Year by his cousin-in-law but rather that it’s due to his tireless efforts towards furthering environmental initiatives in state, national and global arenas.

In a related story, regarding Los Angeles’s Carbon Reduction Surcharge, Governor Schwarzenegger issued this statement in March:

“California has long been a leader in policies that protect the environment, promote energy efficiency and boost the economy. And it is leaders like Mayor Villaraigosa and policies like his new Renewable Energy and Efficiency Trust Fund that help make California a leader. This new proposal is great news for Los Angeles and California, it will promote the growth of clean, reliable energy in our communities while creating jobs in the clean-tech industry when we need them most.”

This week, when LA City Council saw the issue hotly debated, Villaraigosa reiterated, “For Los Angeles to be the cleanest, greenest city, we need participation from every Angeleno.”  Read More HERE>>

About the Carbon Reduction Surcharge

The Carbon Reduction Surcharge was approved by the Board of Water and Power Commissioners on March 18, 2010 as part of the Department of Water and Power’s Energy Cost Adjustment Factor (ECAF). It serves as both a financial incentive and an investment tool that will incentivize stakeholders to use alternative energy, and therefore reduce Los Angeles’ dependence on fossil fuels. However, it will not drastically affect the average rate-payer; with expected average monthly bill increases to be between $2.50 and $3.50.

The funds from the Surcharge will be deposited into a Renewable Energy and Efficiency Trust Fund that will be used to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. It is expected to generate 18,000 jobs over the next ten years and help lay the foundation for a local green economy.

Mayor Villaraigosa Awarded Humanitarian Environmental Award March 2010;  photo courtesy Siel

Said Mayor Villaraigosa. “We can choose to put ourselves on a path away from coal; we can choose to create a lock-box for clean and green energy; we can choose to protect our businesses and ratepayers; or we can choose to raise rates on the hardworking people of Los Angeles while doing NOTHING to invest in green power and green jobs. I think the choice is clear and the right choice is the Green Energy Compromise Plan.”

For more information its groundbreaking clean water initiatives and accomplishments for Riverkeeper, Here’s Some Basics.

Recycle, Reuse, Rejoice!


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>Greening Copenhagen: A Climactic Fairytale


by Paige Donner

When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger addressed the leaders attending the Global Climate Conference in Copenhagen earlier this week, he noted Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid, its famous statue in the city center that is drawn from a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. He also noted that his favorite fairytale as a child was “The Ugly Duckling” because of its theme of transformation.

The California Governor is lobbying hard to maintain our focus on the fact that “this conference is automatically and already a success.”

In these final hours of the historical summit, much focus is being placed on a global agreement being signed by all the world’s leaders, the developing nations and the developed nations; And in particular whether China and the U.S. can come to an agreement about emissions reduction inspections and national sovereignty. Much focus is also being placed on which leaders B.O. is including in his pack and which ones he is snubbing.

Schwarzenegger’s emphasis continues to focus our attention on the integral role that subnational governments and leaders – and individuals and entrepreneurs – play in this transformation of our environmental practices and some of the industries upon which we base our global economy.

Governor Schwarzenegger:

“…the world’s governments alone cannot make progress, the kind of progress that is needed on global climate change. They alone cannot do it. They need everyone coming together, everyone working together. They need the cities, they need the states, they need the provinces and the regions. They need the corporations, the activists, the scientists and the universities. They need the individuals whose vision and determination create movements. They need everybody out there.

So ladies and gentlemen, let us regain our momentum, let us regain our purpose, let us regain our hope by liberating the transformative power beneath the national level.

That can be the great contribution of Copenhagen — that could be the great contribution of Copenhagen.

Some examples he gave of industry and entrepreneurs leading the way: A German company in Texas building and operating the world’s largest wind farm; a renewable energy company in China stating that they feel that renewables are “good business, not a burden.” Solazyme, the firm that derives its renewable energy from algae and its recent U.S. Department of Defense contract is more evidence of successful private-public partnerships.

He also spoke about his late Mother-in-law’s pioneering efforts to create the Special Olympics. This was an effort of individuals and people. This was not an effort set forth by governments.  He pointed out that it is people, friends and family, who are there at the finishing line to give the athletes participating in the Special Olympics a big hug, not governments.  The Special Olympics is now in 180-plus countries.

Without the dedication of individuals, activists, entrepreneurs, there would be no environmental movement.   “Movements began with the people, not with governments,” concluded Schwarzenegger.

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