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Schwarzenegger on Paris agreement

Arnold Schwarzenegger about the  Trump decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate change agreement has a blunt message: "One man cannot destroy our progress, one man can't stop our clean energy revolution, one man can't go back in time. Only I can do that."

The battle between Arnold Schwarzenegger and U.S. President Donald Trump continues. Former California governor Schwarzenegger took the first jab this time around, voicing his concern about Trump’s departure from the Paris climate agreement in a blunt video message. 

"We remember the great leaders," he said. "The great leaders that don't walk backwards into the past but the great leaders that charge forward towards the future."

Trump faced significant criticism from global and business leaders after he decided to pull the United States out of the Paris agreement on climate change. While some GOP lawmakers praised the decision, Schwarzenegger, a former Republican governor, challenged activists not to wait on Washington to address the issue (CNN).

“Please Mr. President, choose the future,” he pleads. “No one remembers the people who told President Kennedy not to go to the moon. We remember the great leaders.

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger  is an Austrian-American actor, producer, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, politician, and former professional bodybuilder. He served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 to 2011.

“I believe the science is in. The debate is over and the time for action is now,” he said a few months before the summit. “This is bigger than any movie, this is the challenge of our time. And it is our responsibility to leave this world a better place than we found it, but right now we are failing future generations.”

Trump has been receiving major backlash from around the world about his decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement; even city mayors in the United States have voiced their dissent. For his part, Schwarzenegger has always been an advocate for environmental causes and has publicly sought to combat climate change. He attended the 2015 Paris meetings on climate in person (Global News). 

"Like all the great movements in human history, our clean future starts with a grassroots movement in our communities, our cities and our states," he said. "We can't leave it to Washington to lead. We need to do it ourselves."

"Two-hundred-thousand people die every year in the US from air pollution and half of our rivers and streams are too polluted for our health," he said. "We can't just sit back and do nothing while people are getting sick and dying when we know there's another way."

Environmental record
On September 27, 2006, Schwarzenegger signed the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, creating the nation's first cap on greenhouse gas emissions. The law set new regulations on the amount of emissions utilities, refineries and manufacturing plants are allowed to release into the atmosphere. Schwarzenegger also signed a second global warming bill that prohibits large utilities and corporations in California from making long-term contracts with suppliers who do not meet the state's greenhouse gas emission standards. The two bills are part of a plan to reduce California's emissions by 25 percent to 1990s levels by 2020. In 2005, Schwarzenegger issued an executive order calling to reduce greenhouse gases to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

Schwarzenegger signed another executive order on October 17, 2006, allowing California to work with the Northeast's Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. They plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by issuing a limited amount of carbon credits to each power plant in participating states. Any power plants that exceed emissions for the amount of carbon credits will have to purchase more credits to cover the difference. The plan took effect in 2009.[106] In addition to using his political power to fight global warming, the governor has taken steps at his home to reduce his personal carbon footprint. Schwarzenegger has adapted one of his Hummers to run on hydrogen and another to run on biofuels. He has also installed solar panels to heat his home.

In 2011, Schwarzenegger founded the R20 Regions of Climate Action to develop a sustainable, low carbon economy.

SOURCE: Schwarzenegger argued in the video on ATTN
Arnold Schwarzenegger by Wikipedia (CC BY SA)
Schwarzenegger on Paris agreement: 'One man cannot destroy our progress' by Eugene Scott via CNN

"Arnold Schwarzenegger has a blunt message for Donald Trump" By Chris Jancelewicz    via  Global News

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