September 26, 2006 - Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs California's Global Warming Solutions Act into law.
The bill requires California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions levels back to 1990 levels by 2020. This represented approximately a 25% reduction. It was the first statewide bill in the United States to set a limit on greenhouse gases. Governor Schwarzenegger is one of the more outspoken Republican proponents for taking strong action to mitigate climate change.
In fact, fighting climate change should not even be a partisan issue, in my opinion. There are so many compelling reasons: economic, security, jobs, morality, biodiversity, etc. that the fight should easily be supported by everyone regardless of political affiliation.
This is one in the series of "Climate Decade in Review" posts on this blog that began in January 2010. These posts present climate-change-related events that occurred during the 00's, the warmest decade in recorded history.