Is this conservative leadership, friends? From the Sacramento Bee:
Republican presidential candidate John McCain, applauding Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for taking on the “compelling issue of global climate challenge,” pledged Wednesday to make California’s global warming fight the model for a national effort to curb greenhouse gases.
Appearing with the governor at the Port of Long Beach, McCain said he will fight in the Senate – and if elected president – to adopt low carbon standards for vehicle fuels to cut pollution blamed for climate change.
McCain also sharply criticized the Bush administration for only belatedly acknowledging the global warming threat and failing to come up with solutions.
“I would assess this administration’s effort on global warming as terrible,” McCain said.
He called for a national program based on two efforts already begun in California.
Last month, Schwarzenegger signed an executive order, known as the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, that requires fuel suppliers to cut carbon dioxide emissions in transportation vehicles by 10 percent by 2020.
The executive order followed last year’s Global Warming Solutions Act. Approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Schwarzenegger, it requires the state to cut total greenhouse gas pollution by 25 percent by the same year.
“The state of California, thanks to Gov. Schwarzenegger, has already taken actions,” McCain said. “I believe that what they are doing is of vital importance. Perhaps more importantly it sends a message to Washington that they expect us to act at the federal level.”