By Ben Geman - 12/23/09 06:05 PM EST
Schwarzenegger is implementing programs to cut California’s greenhouse gas emissions and supports international action to limit emissions, traveling to Copenhagen for the recent U.N. climate summit.
His support for some new drilling and emissions curbs could reflect a possible Senate compromise on climate change legislation. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is working with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on a compromise bill that would contain emissions limits and expanded U.S. offshore drilling.
Update: Schwarzenegger has, however, attacked proposals for major expansions of offshore oil-and-gas leasing in the U.S. -- during the 2008 presidential campaign he criticized GOP calls to end leasing moratoria that covered most federal waters. The bans ultimately did lapse, but the Interior Department under the Obama administration has not yet said what new areas -- if any -- it is targeting for lease sales.