With the Kyoto Treaty set to expire in 2012, 130 nations will meet next week in Bali, Indonesia to decide the next step in reducing greenhouse gases. Last year, in the absence of leadership from the Bush Administration, Governor Schwarzenegger said California would be way ahead of the game. In January, the first of his promises will come due. Tonight, we’ll find out what progress has been made.
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Last year, Democrats and one Republican passed AB 32, which calls for California to reduce greenhouse gases 25% by the year 2020. With a pat on the back from then-Prime Minister Tony Blair, Governor Schwarzenegger said it would “change the course of history.” He said other states and the federal government would follow his lead and that California would be a world leader in clean technology. In January, the State Air Resources Board is supposed to have completed the first step.
PHOTO: A dark clouds are seen over Jakarta's skyline, 14 November 2007. BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images
Ira Ruskin, Assemblyman from Redwood City, CA
Ivor John, President of the board of the Community Environmental Council
Ernst Von Weizsacker, Dean of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara