Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger could have ridden out his last few months as California’s chief executive quietly, but instead he's working to terminate Proposition 23.
Proposition 23 is a ballot initiative that would suspend the state’s landmark mandate that requires California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Politico is reporting that Schwarzenegger is putting on a full-court press to defeat the effort.
While Schwarzenegger is throwing his political might behind defeating Proposition 23, he has several formidable opponents with deep pockets. Many of these foes come in the form of out-of-state industry interests. But Schwarzenegger is a bit of a double-barreled weapon in the fight. Not only is he a politician with gigantic name recognition, he is connected to many in-state interests with deep pockets.
The battle is here, and both sides are armed with the most powerful political weapons: cash and name recognition.