A re­source on cli­mate pol­icy

Sch­warzeneg­ger launches part­ner­ship to help leg­is­la­tors pass green laws.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Chris Mege­rian chris.mege­rian @la­times.com Twit­ter: @ChrisMege­rian

For­mer Gov. Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger is launch­ing a new part­ner­ship with a na­tion­wide net­work of green-minded state law­mak­ers to share ideas for en­vi­ron­men­tal leg­is­la­tion.

The ef­fort comes as Sch­warzeneg­ger has said he hopes states con­tinue to push ef­forts to fight cli­mate change even though Pres­i­dent Trump is with­draw­ing the coun­try from the Paris agree­ment.

“Amer­ica did not drop out of the Paris agree­ment,” Sch­warzeneg­ger said dur­ing a speech Fri­day at the Na­tional Cau­cus of En­vi­ron­men­tal Leg­is­la­tors con­fer­ence in Cam­bridge, Mass. “One man dropped out of the Paris agree­ment.”

The part­ner­ship show­cases tem­plates for cli­mate leg­is­la­tion, in­clud­ing sev­eral from Cal­i­for­nia, and asks law­mak­ers to sub­mit new ideas.

“You don’t need [the fed­eral gov­ern­ment] to babysit you,” Sch­warzeneg­ger said. “You can do it your­self.”

Bon­nie Reiss, the global di­rec­tor of the Sch­warzeneg­ger In­sti­tute for State and Global Pol­icy at the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, said the for­mer gov­er­nor has been con­cerned about the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s broad ef­forts to roll back en­vi­ron­men­tal leg­is­la­tion.

“He re­ally felt the need to dou­ble down,” she said.

Reiss said the part­ner­ship should make it eas­ier to find repli­ca­ble ideas.

“This is one-stop shopping,” she said. “There isn’t a place for this right now.”

Christina House For The Times

MAYOR Eric Garcetti, right, and for­mer Gov. Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger dis­cuss cli­mate change June 28.

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