William Foster, Governor's Office
The Foreign Minister of Germany was at the State Capitol Thursday. He was there to meet with lawmakers and talk with Governor Schwarzenegger about fighting climate change
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier started his day by addressing the State Senate – and he got right to the point of his visit:
“We both know, Senators, that the protection of the environment, energy security and climate change are among the great challenges of the 21st century, and that we need to address them now and together.”
Governor Schwarzenegger praised Germany’s work on climate change – which includes ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals. He said he and Steinmeier would work on a system to allow businesses to trade credits to reduce emissions:
“This is what we are talking about to create partnerships, with Germany, number 1 and Germany has also been instrumental in helping us to create partnerships all over Europe.”
Schwarzenegger has also talked with leaders in Britain, Australia and Canada, as well as other states, about trading emissions credits. Last year California lawmakers passed a landmark bill aimed at capping greenhouse gas emissions.