Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger are playing Paris – together.
In a room at the Four Seasons, upstairs from the ice sculpture and the trumpet player in the lobby, the current and former governor of California sat for interviews on Sunday, promoting policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
California, they said, is an example of a state that has both strict environmental regulations and a healthy economy. They hope world leaders meeting to negotiate a new climate pact this week will take note.
“We are the living proof that all of the threats that we have heard about, you know, the economy is going to crash and everything, people are going to lose their jobs and all of those things because of going green and having all those regulations – exactly the opposite has happened,” Schwarzenegger said.
Then there is the matter of political ideology. Schwarzenegger is a Republican and Brown is a Democrat.
“For us being together, and doing interviews together shows that it also is beyond party lines,” Schwarzenegger said, “that we have never looked at it in the party way.”
His companion has, though, frequently lambasting Republicans who reject mainstream climate science, sometimes calling them “troglodytes.”
“I never make the environment or any of those issues a political thing,” Schwarzenegger said. “I don’t attack my party, I don’t criticize anyone. I think the key thing is just that I message, and I go and try to bring people in as much as we can, and that’s exactly the way I go about it.”
Then Brown jumped in.
“I think it’s very helpful to talk about troglodytes,” he said. “Because this is a creature that lives in caves. It’s a very unusual kind of being, and so as people hear that word, they’re going to say, ‘What does that all mean?’ And when they think about it, they may want to walk outside their cave and see the sunshine and get with it.”