ABC News’ Mary Bruce Reports: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif., spoke out against President Bush this morning attacking his administration for its failure to counter global warming emissions.
"This administration did not believe in global warming," Schwarzenegger told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview that will air Sunday on ABC’s "This Week."
"They just didn’t believe in it or they didn’t believe that they should do anything about it, since China is not doing anything about it and since India is not willing to do the same thing, so why should we do the same thing?" Schwarzenegger said.
"We don’t wait for other countries to do the same thing. That’s what makes America number one… And I think we have a good opportunity to do the same thing, also, with fighting global warming," he said.
Schwarzenegger’s comments came in reaction to the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision not to take further action against global warming during the remainder of Bush’s presidency. "Well, to be honest with you, if they would have done something this year, I would have thought it was bogus anyway," he said. When asked why, the California Governor said, "because you don’t change global warming and you don’t really have an effect by doing something six months before you leave office."
Schwarzenegger argued that any action taken by the administration at this point would not have been sincere.
"I think that the way they have done it is much better…This administration did not believe that [carbon dioxide] and greenhouse gases is a pollutant. They fought this in court and then finally the Supreme Court had to tell them, ‘Yes, it is a pollutant,’" he said.
He also highlighted the strides taken by California to counter global warming.
"I’m very happy that California is in the forefront," he said. "We are very aggressive. We have made a commitment to roll back our greenhouse gas emissions to the 1990 level … We didn’t wait for Washington. I just felt that the administration and the federal government have been terrific partners in a lot of things for us and we have worked together very well, but environmental issues was not one of them."