Schwarzenegger slams Bush administration on global warming – calls Bush efforts bogus


Crooks and Liars – July 13, 2008

This story is all over the web right now but the best coverage that I found was on Crooks and Liars as they include the video as well as a transcript of the interview. Other versions of the story only include a snippet of the actual interview (a lot like what I have done).


STEPHANOPOULOS: How much of that is due, do you think, to global warming, to climate change?

SCHWARZENEGGER: Well, itís very hard to say. I mean, one thing we know for sure, and that is we have had a drought for two years in a row now.  … And I think that we just have to be aware of those changes. Iím sure, partially, that it has something to do with global warming, also, because we have just now broken a record.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And yet we read front page of the Washington Post this morning, President Bushís EPA is going to take no more actions this year during his presidency to stop global warming emissions.

SCHWARZENEGGER: Well, to be honest with you, if they would have done something this year, I would have thought it was bogus anyway.

… because it just really means basically this administration did not believe in global warming, or they did not believe that they should do anything about it since China is not doing anything about it and since India is not willing to do the same thing, so why should we do the same thing?

But thatís not how we put a man on the moon. We did not say let everyone else do the same thing, then we will do it. We said we want to be the pioneers, we want to be out there in front.

And thatís why Iím very happy that California is in the forefront on that. We are very aggressive. We have made a commitment to roll back our greenhouse gas emissions to the 1990 level.

We didnít wait for Washington. I just felt that the administration and the federal government have been terrific partners in a lot of things for us and we have worked together very well. But environmental issues was not one of them.

First of all, let me just make it clear. Anyone that tells you that drilling, nuclear power, alternative fuels, fuel cells, solar, all of those things will bring down the price right now, I think is pulling wool over your eyes, because we know that all of those would take at least 10 years.

Itís just that we are not consistent, that we have Jimmy Carter in the late í70s that came in with a great energy policy, talked about shale oil exploration, giving tax credits for people that were investing in windmills and in solar and all of those things.

Then President Reagan came in and scrapped the whole thing, because the oil price came down and says, ďWell, this doesnít make any sense financially.Ē

We need to have renewables. We need to have nuclear power, we need to do the drilling, we need to do the alternative fuels. All of those kind of things, letís do research and all this, but letís never go off course, no matter who the administration is and what the oil price is.

Letís stay on course. That is the big problem in America.

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