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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Schwarzenegger signed first US law limiting greehouse gas emissions
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On September 27, 2006, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. The occasion marked the first time that a US bill designed to restrict greenhouse gas emissions became law. The legislation was aimed at reducing emissions in the state by 25 percent by 2020 and increased the authority of the California Air Resources Board to set specific emission targets for various industries. California also attempted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by providing incentives to industries in 2010 and regulating automobile exhaust in 2009.

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