WASHINGTON - Automakers will have to take on the Terminator if they keep their vow to fight California's landmark global warming law.
So says the state's chief clean air regulator, California Air Resources Board Chairman Alan Lloyd.
At a clean air conference here, Lloyd said he is convinced Arnold Schwarzenegger, California's new Republican governor, will defend vigorously the law against expected legal challenges.
The actor-turned-politician prom-ised as much in his successful campaign to recall and replace Gov. Gray Davis, Lloyd said.
"The governor said he will support and defend it," Lloyd said. "It was a very strong statement."
Lloyd's board, called CARB, will produce regulations this year to implement the law's requirement that greenhouse gases emitted by cars and trucks be reduced by the "maximum feasible and cost-effective" amount, beginning with the 2009 model year.
The main target is carbon dioxide, which many scientists say is accumulating in the atmosphere and trapping heat.
CARB staff proposals are expected in May. Final rules are to be adopted in September, the chairman said.