Is Arnold Schwarzenegger a Renaissance Man in the Green Fight?

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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is geared up for the green fight, Reuters reports. The actor-turned-politician recently told sources he’s ready to use his resources – whether they be political or Hollywood-related – to help the Obama administration succeed in creating a more sustainable world. His comments underscored both the U.S.’s role in the worldwide green movement and Schwarzenegger’s own stance on global sustainability.

According to the Reuters report, Schwarzenegger, who is arguably the biggest environmentalist in the Republican Party, has called Washington out for not taking more of an aggressive role in combating global warming. Rather than quarrel with other countries about climate change, the U.S. should set an example, he reportedly said – pointing to his own state’s aggressive climate change policies. (Interestingly, Schwarzenegger reportedly plans on vetoing two pieces of renewable energy legislation, which would likely improve the state’s economy by requiring that 33 percent of utility companies’ electricity come from alternative energy sources by 2020 [most of which should come from in-state energy providers]. He reportedly plans on mandating the changes through an executive order instead.)

Schwarzenegger will be forced out of office in late 2010 (per term limits), but he does not plan to quit the fight then. Rather, he plans on remaining available for the green movement, whether as a global “green” ambassador, Hollywood actor, or Obama administration official.

Sarah Harper is a professional writer based in San Francisco, California. Her interests include sustainability, government policy, and international politics. In her free time, Sarah enjoys toying with the idea of holistic health, overanalysis, and plotting world exploration.