SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the leaders of state and provincial governments from all over the world have signed two landmark agreements on climate change at a conference at U.C. Davis, as the governor laid the groundwork for his future as an international environmental leader.

Leaders from dozens of states and provinces in Mexico, Brazil, Japan, Rwanda, and Italy joined the governors of California, Oregon and Wisconsin to form the R20 Coalition.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

Linda Adams, Secretary of CAL EPA, said they will bypass their national governments, to do things like install low-energy street lights.

“These projects are focused on building the green economies of both developed and developing nations large and small, and allow us, the sub-national governments, the opportunity to advance renewable energy and green technology projects,” said Adams.

Governor Schwarzenegger also signed an agreement to offer AB32 carbon credits in California, to companies that help save rainforests in Mexico and Brazil.

“Even though we have a new governor coming in, the work never finishes,” said Schwarzenegger. “I will continue working on behalf of the environment and on behalf of energy policy, even after I am finished with my job as governor.”

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