Obama Needs This Guy on Climate Bill

The professor needs Arnold to lend some muscle
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2010 11:32 AM CDT
Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks at news conference in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 9, 2010.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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(Newser) – The biggest environmental disaster in our history is strangling the Gulf, but instead of using it to sound the battle cry for his energy bill, President Obama is in danger of nerdifying yet another reform. The solution, writes Tina Brown at the Daily Beast, is simple: Send in the Governator. With Al Gore pathetically sidelined "at the exact wrong moment," Obama needs to stop blathering about a “national mission to unleash America's innovation," and get Schwarzenegger on the job.

"The fact that he’s a Republican ramps up his bipartisan appeal but, more importantly, he’s big, he’s noisy, he’s larger than life, and he’s earned the credibility to be cast for the role of America’s Green superhero," writes Brown. "He won his own three-year fight for California to set its own emissions standards for passenger cars. He signed the law in 2006 that incentivized Californians to install solar electric systems. He got his own cap-and-trade bill in 2006, set to take effect in 2012. And in November, he won’t have a job anymore."

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