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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger — one of the first civilians to own a Hummer — told car manufacturers in Detroit to “get off your butt” and stop living in the past of huge SUVs and cheap oil prices, at the Common Wealth Club on Friday. He […]

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger — one of the first civilians to own a Hummer — told car manufacturers in Detroit to “get off your butt” and stop living in the past of huge SUVs and cheap oil prices, at the Common Wealth Club on Friday. He made the remarks in a Q&A session that followed a speech to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the state’s climate change bill, AB 32.

Detroit must do a better job at developing these alternative fuel vehicles, he said, and pointed out that Tesla has been able to produce a successful electric car far before Detroit has. (Schwarzenegger is a Tesla customer). Of course he noted that California has managed to lure Tesla back to the state with an incentive package and that the startup has decided to build a $250 million plant in San Jose, Calif.

Schwarzenegger also said that he wasn’t pleased with the federal government for protecting the auto industry, saying he will fight the feds in court until they stop. He wasn’t supportive of Washington’s general progress on fighting climate change either. “Washington is asleep at the wheel. We can not look for leadership there,” he said. And when it comes to the next president he said, whoever gets the position “will be better than this administration when it comes to the environment.”

On that front he says he plans to host a governor’s global climate summit in California in November. He says he’ll invite government officials from around the world, and every Governor in the U.S. will be invited. The goal is to form an international alliance for the Kyoto negotiators to use as a framework for their future discussions, he said.

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By Katie Fehrenbacher

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  1. Does corn fuel ethanol policy increase Big oil profit and oil use?

    Some folks think so

    Clean Air Performance Professionals

  2. Your attack on Schwarznegger is totally unwarranted.
    Does Barack Hussein Oumgbama drive a Prius? How about Carter, Clinton, Hillary , Reid, Dodd, Kennedy or any of the other environmental phoneys? Arnold has converted his Hummer and other cars to biodiesel. He helped push through the Solar Roof Initiative. The tone of your article is stupidly negative and condescending against Arnold. Who can’t forget your hero Gore railing against global warming while his own home consumed more energy than Shea Stadium. If you don’t like Republicans, then just so say. Otherwise you are just another phoney.

  3. Politics in the Zeros. Anti-war, global warming, peak oil, progressive politics » Schwarzenegger to Detroit: Get off your butt! Monday, September 29, 2008

    [...] — one of the first civilians to own a Hummer — told car manufacturers in Detroit to “get off your butt” and stop living in the past of huge SUVs and cheap oil [...]

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