"LOS ANGELES – The oil industry is going after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the California Republican.
The issue is Mr. Schwarzenegger’s strong opposition to a proposition on the ballot this November that would suspend a landmark greenhouse gas bill passed by the Legislature in 2006 mandating that carbon emissions be rolled back to 1990 levels by 2020. The oil industry has invested millions of dollars in getting the initiative on the ballot and has made clear it was ready to spend millions more to get it passed, arguing that the bill would cost the state jobs and raise energy prices.
“We’ve raised about $6 million so far, but unfortunately in California’s expensive media market this is not enough to win the fight against environmental zealots led by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who seems hell-bent on becoming the real-life Terminator of our industry,” Charles T. Drevna, the president of the National Petrochemical Refiners Association, said in a fund-raising e-mail that went out this morning."
Adam Nagourney reports for the New York Times' The Caucus blog September 14, 2010.