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Don't Believe the Hype: Schwarzenegger Propaganda

Don't Believe the Hype

To read today's headlines you'd think Schwarzenegger just saved the world from global warming catastrophe a la the "The Day After Tomorrow." But why?

In a speech to the United Nations World Environment Day gathering in San Francisco, the gubernator proclaimed that the scientific debate on climate change is over and that the world needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I suppose it's encouraging that another prominent republican has made such a declaration, in contrast to the willful ignorance of the White House. But isn't this stuff common knowledge by now?

Schwarzenegger also unveiled a (non-binding) pledge to reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions to 2000 levels by 2010 and to 1990 levels by 2020. By 2050, he aims to reduce emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels.

Okay, that last bit is impressive. But 2050 is so far over the hazy edge of the political horizon that it doesn't seem particularly courageous to make radical pledges for 45 years from now, when the near-term goals are actually fairly insubstantial.

Plenty of other places in the US have made far more aggressive commitments to battling climate change.

New York, Massachusetts, and Maine have all pledged 10 percent reductions from 1990 levels by 2020, and New Jersey has agreed to 5 percent. And then there's the recent US Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement. To date, 156 mayors representing 32 million Americans have pledged to bring their city communities into Kyoto-compliance (7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012). All this makes California's 0 percent below 1990 by 2020 look pretty wimpy by comparison.

On the one hand, it's encouraging that political and business leaders of all stripes are beginning to acknowledge the necessity of stopping global warming. On the other hand, it's frustrating that their pledges are more milquetoast than manly. It's a mystery to me how Arnold expects to see 80 percent reductions by 2050 when California intends to show no reductions from 1990 by 2020. Still, he boldly proclaimed: "As of today, California is going to be the leader in the fight against global warming."

I suppose he's right. As long as you don't count the northeast states; many of the big cities in the US; or Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Europe, and the other hundred-plus countries that ratified the Kyoto Protocol.
sellout 03.Jun.2005 07:16

eyes closed tight

w/ edmund stoiber (GER)CSU Christian Social Union Bavaria/rails against gays
w/ edmund stoiber (GER)CSU Christian Social Union Bavaria/rails against gays

Carlyle:From Oil to Wind 03.Jun.2005 07:58


Terminator turns left

Toronto, ON-- Maria Shriver is not the only high profile American to lay wreaths at the feet of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Hubby Arnold Schwarzenegger?s soft on Gorby too.

"I like this kind of man and I think we need more of them," Shriver told People Magazine in 1994.

The Terminator?s name is on Gorbachev?s website as an acolyte of The Green Cross "energy glasnost" $50-billion solar energy fund, touted as "a plan to drive down the cost of solar energy over 10 years for the developing world and urban centers."

"The Global Solar Fund was first proposed in Johannesburg at the World Summit on Sustainable Development?where the proposal of the Renewables 2004 conference originated?to create energy for peace. The status of solar programs in California, where Governor Schwarzenegger has called for solar on every other new home will also be presented."

If the Guvenator has already given the rights to California?s municipal bonds to Saddam?s favourite bank, BNP Paribas, why should anyone ponder his signing up for solar with Mikhail Gorbachev?

The Terminator?s "California Energy Czar" is none other than Joe Desmond, the same Desmond who crops up for global conferences in Canada with many luminaries, including Chairman Mo (Maurice) Strong.

Strong, who recently admitted to ties to "Koreagate Man" Tonsun Park, an agent alleged to have lobbied the UN on oil deals for Iraq, is the former president of the Montreal-based Paul Desmarais-founded Power Corp. Inc. Desmarais son, Andre, married to France, daughter of former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien is on the board of Vivendi-Universal, which contributed almost $80,000 to Schwarzenegger?s campaign for California governor.

Kurt Waldhelm, former head of the United Nations, is a close Arnie friend, and in fact attended his wedding to Shriver.

No wonder the Terminator is in Gorby?s good books. The FPL Group Inc. has recently announced that it bought a large minority stake in five solar power assets in California, cementing its position as the biggest U.S. generator of solar and wind power.

According to Planet Ark, FPL Energy, a unit of the FPL Group, said it bought five 30-megawatt solar energy generating systems (SEGS) in California?s famed Mojave Desert with private equity fund Carlyle/Riverstone, although it did not disclose any financial details.

"The SEGS were purchased from a diverse group of limited partners, a company spokesman said. (Planet Ark).

"Juno Beach, Florida-based FPL Energy will operate the plants and own a 45 percent stake. Carlyle/Riverstone will own 49 percent with the rest held by a group of limited partners.

"The projects have long-term contracts to sell all of their power to utility Southern California Edison, a unit of Edison International.

"The SEGS, which were developed in the mid-1980s, mainly produce electricity during periods of high demands such as hot summer afternoons when there is heavy use of air-conditioning systems in California.

"Rows of troughs, which track the sun using sensors and microprocessors, focus sunlight onto specially coated steel pipes that house vacuum insulated glass tubes containing oil. The oil is heated to 735 degrees Fahrenheit and used to generate superheated steam, which drives a turbine.

"FPL Energy President Jim Robo said the transaction makes the company the largest generator of solar power in the United States, with 310 megawatts in operation, as well as the nation?s largest wind generator, with more than 2,750 megawatts.

"Private equity firms Riverstone Holdings LLC and the Carlyle Group are the general partners of the $1.1-billion Carlyle/Riverstone Global Energy and Power Fund 11, which invests in the energy and power energy."

Meanwhile, the "I?ll-be-back" man is more unbelievable in real life than he is on the Hollywood screen.

Canada Free Press founding editor Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the media. A former Toronto Sun and Kingston Whig Standard columnist, she has also appeared on Newsmax.com, the Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, and World Net Daily. Judi can be reached at:  letters@canadafreepress.com.