Nearly three-quarters of likely California voters say the economy and jobs are among the most important issues in deciding their vote ahead of the June 7 presidential primary, according to a USC Schwarzenegger Institute/Field Poll . MSNBC.com
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Although still in its infancy, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute has already generated extensive media coverage in connection with its mission and activities.
By Bonnie Reiss and Christian Grose, The Sacramento Bee. As Californians and voters across the United States watch with various degrees of interest and fascination the Republican and Democratic presidential campaigns, one thing is clear: Political polarization is the order of the day. Traditionally it is said that to win the Republican nomination you must appeal to the more conservative elements of the party, and to win the Democratic nomination you must appeal to the more liberal elements of the party. The popularity of Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders seems to validate that belief as well as some extreme policy positions being taken by more centrist candidates.
It was like the debut of an environmentally themed buddy cop drama, with a political odd couple uniting against a common foe. In one chair was California’s governor, Jerry Brown, the cerebral Democrat known for dropping Latin phrases into Capitol news conferences. In the other was his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Republican movie star who is fond of finding ways to compare political issues to his championship bodybuilding career. It’s hard to imagine two more different people serving back-to-back in the same political office, but on Sunday they sat for a joint interview to put a bipartisan spin on fighting climate change, a key issue for both of them. The Los Angeles Times
Actor and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger has got his sights set on vanquishing another peril: Climate change. Speaking at the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris, known as COP21, Schwarzenegger said that the world had to unite to tackle climate change, rather than pointing the finger at the largest polluters, such as China. - CNBC
People don’t relate to future threats from climate change but seeing images of people dying now from air pollution drives them to act, says former governor of California. Green campaigners should stop talking about the risks from climate change in 2050 and talk about “right now”, the former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has said. - The Guardian
As leaders from more than 190 nations meet at the United Nations climate change conference in Paris, the stakes have never been greater. Their goal is to reach an agreement to reduce carbon emissions and limit the average global surface temperature increase to no more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit over the pre-industrial levels, enough to help us avoid the most catastrophic impacts to human health caused by climate change. There is reason to be hopeful about this summit because for the first time, the U.N. is taking note of the significant actions by cities, provinces and states and invited their leaders to participate. - The Sacramento Bee
In the wonky world of climate change, California’s presence at the United Nations summit in Paris next month is expected to be a star-studded affair. There will be an actual movie star, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who jump-started some of the state’s most ambitious efforts to slow global warming. Also in the mix is Tom Steyer, the billionaire Bay Area environmental activist who has bankrolled political campaigns around the country. And there is the official state delegation led by Gov. Jerry Brown, who has sought to make the battle against climate change a central part of his legacy. Much of the summit will concern a new international agreement to combat climate change. California — a state, not a nation — is not a part of those negotiations. But there will be opportunities to swap ideas and form partnerships with politicians, businesses and activists from all over the world, and to tout proposals for stopping global warming. “It’s kind of a candy shop for science and policy wonks,” said Gary Gero, president of the Climate Action Reserve. The Los Angeles Times
The Environmental Student Assembly and the USC Schwarzenegger Institute hosted author and environmentalist Per Espen Stoknes Thursday afternoon for a conversation about how students can help address the problem of climate change. Daily Trojan
The USC Schwarzenegger Institute hosted Andrä Rupprechter, the Austrian Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, on Monday evening at the University Club for a roundtable discussion among 31 other guests on the subject of climate change and environmentally sustainable practices. Guests in attendance included the former secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and the executive director of R20. Former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger and his predecessor, former Gov. Gray Davis were also in attendance. Thirteen members of the Austrian Trade Commission, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and the Minister’s office also joined the discussion on global climate change and offered parallels between California and Austria’s climate change programs. Daily Trojan
There is no doubt that the candidacy of Donald Trump has reignited the immigration debate. There is also no doubt that while Americans may disagree over how to deal with our broken immigration system, there is a general consensus that it must be fixed. The problem with the approach of both Trump and the media to this debate is that it's not rooted in all of the facts. The Orlando Sentinel