May 31 2007
There will be critics who note a disconnect as California Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger’s promotes his lofty vision about protecting the environment to Canadians. The sprawling freeways and car culture of major Californian cities, superbly demonstrated in Los Angeles, is the antithesis of Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan’s policy of densely a densely-populated metropolis where cars are an option, not a necessity.
High Californian auto emission standards, the highest in North America, are also a bit of a misleading subject – there are no car manufacturers in the state that would have to build cars to those specifications.
But the Governator inherited his state’s freeways and smog-choked cities. At least he’s saying the right things. It’s a stark contrast with the American president, who has had his head stuck in the oil sands on the issue of global warming since he took office.