Schwarzenegger's global warming stance praised

16th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

16 June 2005, BERLIN - A top German governmental official praised California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday for pledging to fight global warming over objections from the White House.

16 June 2005

BERLIN - A top German governmental official praised California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday for pledging to fight global warming over objections from the White House.

In a message to Schwarzenegger, German federal environment minister Juergen Trittin congratulated the California Republican for his courage in splitting with President George W. Bush on the issue of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.

"With his exemplary programme for reduction emissions, California - like Germany - has proved that even a country of car lovers can be in the vanguard of protecting the environment," Trittin said.

Earlier this month, the governor attended the United Nations World Environmental Day Conference in San Francisco, where he won praise from environmentalists with a plan to reduce the state's emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for trapping heat in the earth's atmosphere and raising temperatures worldwide.

Schwarzenegger signed an executive order that calls for reducing the state's emissions of greenhouse gases to 2000 levels by 2010, 1990 levels by 2020, and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

The Republican governor said that developing cutting-edge environmental technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells will conserve energy, curb pollution, protect natural resources - and be good for business.

DPA

Subject: German news

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