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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.

California to rely on 100% clean electricity by 2045 under bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown

All of California’s electricity will come from clean power sources by 2045 under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday, the latest in a series of ambitious goals set by the state to combat the effects of climate change. Brown hailed the move as another example of the state’s global leadership on environmental initiatives as the Trump administration backs away from such policies. The bill’s signing comes just days before Brown is set to host a global conference on climate change in San Francisco, a final effort to showcase California’s actions on the environment before he ends his fourth and final term as governor in January. Los Angeles Times

Schwarzenegger to Trump: Coal is the ‘Blockbuster Video of fuel sources’

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) shared a message for President Trump on Wednesday prodding him over his efforts to save the coal industry, likening it to bringing back "Blockbuster Video. In a video for attn: posted to Facebook, the former governor and star of the "Terminator" franchise questioned why Trump's administration would go "back in time" to help the struggling coal industry, which he called a threat to the future of humanity. The Hill

California slashes emissions, hits major greenhouse gas goal years early

In a major win for California’s fight against global warming, the state appears to have hit its first target for cutting greenhouse gases — and it reached the goal four years early. Data released by the California Air Resource Board on Wednesday show that the state’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped 2.7 percent in 2016 — the latest year available — to 429.4 million metric tonnes. San Francisco Chronicle

Schwarzenegger: Pruitt resignation is ‘fantastic’

 Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of President Donald Trump’s highest-profile environmental critics on Twitter, called the resignation of EPA director Scott Pruitt Thursday a “fantastic” development — one he said now rids Washington of a man who wrongly challenged California’s leadership on tough auto emissions standards and who “had no interest whatsoever to protect the people’’ on environmental protection. Politico

Political Insider: Schwarzenegger backs plan to ‘terminate gerrymandering’

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said this week he wants to “terminate gerrymandering” in every state and bashed the Michigan Republican Party for trying to “mislead people” about a redistricting initiative he is endorsing.The movie star turned politician best known for his recurring movie role as The Terminator is backing a potential Michigan ballot proposal from Voters Not Politicians that would create a citizen commission to redraw political boundaries every decade. The Detroit News

Arnold Schwarzenegger challenges President Trump on Earth’s future

Last month I had the opportunity to attend the Austrian World Summit on Climate Change, sponsored by R20, a global nonprofit organisation created by Arnold Schwarzenegger.  The summit brought together political, business, and academic leaders to discuss renewable energy, the environment and health, waste treatment, natural disasters, climate change, and other topics. Wales Online

Arnold Schwarzenegger Says Politicians, Not Kids, Should Be Held In ‘Cage

Arnold Schwarzenegger says if anyone should be held in “cages,” it’s politicians who aren’t doing their jobs — and not innocent children. The former California governor took to Twitter on Tuesday to weigh in on the border crisis facing the Trump administration and their “zero tolerance” immigration policy that’s led to thousands of children being separated from their parents. Huffington Post

Finding a new way? A group of California Republicans looks to recast the party

California Republicans working toward what they believe will be the restoration of their party have launched a website. Led by Assemblyman Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, andsupported by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, New Way California is pushing for moderate policies they say were originated by former President Ronald Reagan. SacBee

Arnold Schwarzenegger weighs in on partisan districts punt: ‘It is a call to action’

After the Supreme Court punted sidestepped on a potentially historic ruling about partisan election districts, Arnold Schwarzenegger characterized it as a clarion call. "While I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has chosen not to decide on the merits of extreme partisan gerrymandering for now, it is not the end of the war for fair districts," he wrote Monday in a Facebook post. "It is a call to action. K5News

Don’t listen to the establishment critics. California’s open primary works.

We’re from different parties, we don’t agree on every issue, and we don’t bench-press the same amount — yet. But when it comes to California’s open primary system, where the two candidates who get the most votes advance to the general election, regardless of their political party, we see eye to eye: That current system, in place since 2012, works best because it puts the voters first. By Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ro KhannaWashington Post