(BN) Schwarzenegger, Regional Leaders Unite to Fight Climate Change


Schwarzenegger, Regional Leaders Unite to Fight Climate Change
2010-11-17 00:44:05.527 GMT

By Kim Chipman
Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- California Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger and about 100 regional leaders from around the
world formed an alliance aimed at fighting climate change and
shifting to a global green economy.
The group, called R20, includes Schwarzenegger, a
Republican, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, a Democrat, and local
officials from countries including Mexico, Canada, South Korea
and Japan, according to an e-mailed release from
Schwarzenegger's office yesterday.
The coalition was created as negotiators from about 190
countries prepare to meet in Cancun, Mexico, later this month to
debate terms for a new global climate-change treaty. Negotiators
say the United Nations-led talks are unlikely to result in broad
agreement because countries remain deadlocked over issues and
the U.S. has failed to set a cap on greenhouse-gas pollution.
"We can't afford to wait for national and international
movement," Schwarzenegger said in a statement. "Action is
needed now."
The regional leaders will strive to move beyond gridlock by
helping public-private partnerships and accelerating development
of clean-energy initiatives, according to the news release.
The group was announced yesterday at a climate-change
conference hosted by Schwarzenegger in Davis, California, near

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