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Schwarzenegger urges U.N. to move on climate change

Reuters – September 24, 2007

There have been quite a few speeches to the United Nations this week. Must be their week to do some work.

Among others, Governor Schwarzenegger of California spoke on the topic of global warming. The "Terminator" appears to be trying to be a "Mediator" in that he wants countries to stop bickering and start working together.

I think this is a great idea but isn’t that what politicians do? Bicker?

Rich and poor nations must get over their disagreements about how to fight climate change and forge a new pact to replace the Kyoto Protocol, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will say on Monday.


"The current stalemate between the developed and the developing worlds must be broken," Schwarzenegger will say, according to a copy of his prepared remarks. "It is time we came together in a new international agreement that can be embraced by rich and poor nations alike."


President George W. Bush pulled the United States out of the Kyoto accord, saying it unfairly burdened rich countries while exempting developing countries like China and India.


Developing nations say rich states built up their economies without emissions restraints and argue that less-developed countries should have the same opportunity to establish their economies now.


"The time has come to stop looking back at the Kyoto Protocol," he will say. "The consequences of global climate change are so pressing … it doesn’t matter who was responsible for the past. What matters is who is answerable for the future. And that means all of us."

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