California is taking a major first step towards reducing greenhouse emissions. This plan mandates reduction of greenhouse gas emissions starting in 2012. Sure, parts of the bill are a bit limp, but still, it does make California the first state to mandate such changes, and that’s huge.
Gov. Schwarzenegger played a deciding role here, defying his own party and the White House in doing so. He’s on a roll towards easy re-election in November too, having done everything right these past few months while the Democratic candidate, Phil Angelides, is comatose.