Arnold says Bush action is ‘bogus’

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Sunday the Bush administration did not believe it should do anything about global warming and that any last-minute action before leaving office would be "bogus."

Schwarzenegger, a Republican whose state has pushed unsuccessfully for federal permission to limit greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, said on ABC’s "This Week" that any move at this point against climate change would lack sincerity.

"If they would have done something this year, I would have thought it was bogus anyway," he said. "You don’t really have an effect by doing something six months before you leave office … it doesn’t sound to me believable at all. The sincerity is not there."

The chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, Stephen Johnson, on Friday declined to take steps to regulate climate-warming emissions under existing pollution laws, more than a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that his agency had the power to do just that.

Johnson said Congress should make rules to regulate these emissions and called for public comment, 15 months after the high court’s ruling. Bipartisan critics said this stance virtually assures this administration will do nothing more to curb greenhouse gases.

Johnson’s move, Schwarzenegger said, "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?"

Schwarzenegger said the United States should lead the fight against global warming, much as it did in the international race to put a person on the moon in the 1960s.

Legislation to limit global warming pollution by using a market-based cap-and-trade system died in the U.S. Senate last month.

President George W. Bush joined other leaders of the Group of Eight industrialized nations in Japan last week to pledge to cut emissions in half by 2050. The pledge offered no baseline year and was open to interpretation.

California is ablaze this summer with record numbers of wildfires, which Schwarzenegger said could be partially due to global warming.


  1. woody188

    I’m glad the market-based cap-and-trade system died in the Senate. Making Al Gore and his investment partners richer won’t solve anything. And until the doubts about what is causing the warming cycle are answered, we should be very careful about any actions we might take.

    This doesn’t mean we should not look for cleaner replacement energy sources for fossil fuels, as they do certainly pollute and I don’t think anyone is arguing that coal and oil are dirty energy technologies. But a new market is probably not the answer to this issue.

    Arnold should perhaps be asking his forestry managers why everything is a blaze instead of suggesting global warming as the cause.

    …many people do not understand the ecological and scientific concepts behind fire. For many, fire remains a fearsome, destructive force that can and should be controlled at all costs. Smokey Bear’s simple, time-honored “only you” fire prevention message has been so successful that any complex talk about the healthy, natural role of fire gets lost, ignored or denied by broad internal and external audiences.

    from the Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy & Program Review, Draft Report – June 9, 1995

    I know it’s cold, but if you build your home in a forest that burns in cycles, sooner or later you will lose your home. We say the same thing about hurricanes. Why would this be any different?

    Mother Nature trends towards equilibrium. We tend to forget that preferring to believe we have the ability to define Gaia, not vice-versa. We marvel at it’s beauty, but deny it’s harsher, beastly forms. Over building in forest areas will be controlled by nature sooner or later.

  2. Direct Democracy

    While they’re at it, the Bush administration could lie to us some more and kill a couple hundred thousand more civilians. You know, just to be CONSISTENT.