California – the next nation state

California has the 6th largest economy in the world. The gross state product is nearly $1.5 trillion, which is only slightly behind France and Britian. So it is really no surprise that it has begun acting more like another nation state rather that just a western state.

Just the other day, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an agreement with British Prime Minister Tony Blair to work together to curb greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean-burning fuels and collaborate on research to fight global warming.

“California will not wait for our federal government to take strong action on global warming,” said Schwarzenegger in a statement. “International partnerships are needed in the fight against global warming, and California has a responsibility and a profound role to play to protect not only our environment, but to be a world leader on this issue as well.”

At the meeting, Blair called global warming “long term, the single biggest issue we face.”

Read the full article in the L.A. Times . . .

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