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Schwarzenegger Vetoes Renewable Energy Bills, but Mandates His Own Plan

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Although the legislature last week approved two bills meant to help California obtain 33 percent renewable energy by 2020--a goal provided in legislation from 2006--Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced that he will instead sign an executive order mandating the same goal that will use different methods.

A fact everyone can agree on is that the state relies too much on coal-fired plants for energy. AB 64 (Krekorian) and SB 14 (Simitian), now vetoed, would have created "a hard mandate with the force of law behind it for this 33% by 2020 goal is critical to meeting California’s global warming goals, much championed by Governor Schwarzenegger, as well as bringing upward of 200,000 green jobs to the state," explains Dan Jacobson with Environement California. "Equally important, such a law would create the much-needed national leadership toward clean energy and global warming solutions."