When Gov. Jerry Brown and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger walked out of the Four Seasons hotel and onto the street on Sunday, Brown slipped right into his car.
Swarmed by autograph seekers.
A third governor who made a significant contribution to California’s climate change policies – Gray Davis – was not in Paris at all, missing the United Nations climate summit here.
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Davis, who enacted tailpipe emission standards that became a national model, recalled in a recent interview having to “fight tooth and nail” on climate change measures when he was in Sacramento.
He credited Schwarzenegger for “globalizing the issue,” and Brown for pushing it forward.
“I kind of liken this to a relay race,” he said.
Brown and Schwarzenegger are very different. Schwarzenegger is a Republican and former bodybuilder; Brown is a Democrat who speaks Latin and sometimes jogs.
But at a reception on Sunday, Schwarzenegger suggested their joint interest in climate change binds them together.
“It is like one mind in two bodies,” he said.
Brown spoke next.
“I don’t know about that ‘one mind,’” he said. “But why not? Great minds think alike.”