Schwarzenegger: curbing emissions like losing weight

March 14, 2008

arnie2.jpgTurns out Arnold Schwarzenegger’s bodybuilding past may be helping California fight global warming.

The state’s governor, and former Mr. Universe, on Friday likened the push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the fight to lose weight, saying people — and countries — will only achieve their goals if they are forced to.

“There are some states and there are some countries that shoot for certain goals in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but they will never get there, I think. Unless you put a serious cap on it you won’t get there,” Schwarzenegger said at a Wall Street Journal conference near Santa Barbara, adding that most people who want to lose 20 lbs. to look good on the beach “will not get there.”

“But if a fighter has to meet a certain weight category,” he will, Schwarzenegger said, “because that’s the rule… you cannot fight if you are not that particular body weight.”

Last year, California joined a coalition of European countries, U.S. states, and others by signing a partnership to slow global warming through an international carbon trading market.

Schwarzenegger said he preferred a market-based cap-and-trade system to a carbon tax, saying “the people of California have sent me to Sacramento to be the tax Terminator.”

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