SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) and Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) introduced federal climate change legislation:

“Climate change is real and threatens the health, safety and economic stability of our world. California is a clear leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and is building a thriving green economy because of it.”

He added, “I applaud Senators Boxer and Kerry for introducing climate change legislation that builds on many of California’s first-in-the-nation policies, including our aggressive cap on global warming pollution, complementary emissions standards, and our innovative plan to reduce emissions by curbing sprawl. I will work to ensure that the bill preserves our ability to fight global warming pollution and grow clean energy jobs right here in California. I urge a healthy debate and swift action on this legislation that is vital for a strong economy and a clean future.”

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