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Californians (& their carbon market) help keep the beat at Durban

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I don't know the US climate change envoy Todd Stern, but I'd guess he's had a tough couple of weeks in Durban at COP17.

When an ex-Governator shows up at COP-17 in Durban, is that a celebrity sighting, or is he just another policy wonk?

Well, nobody's seen Schwarzenegger yet. But even as the United States, China and India engage in baller blocking a climate-policy deal at Durban, California's current political luminaries are making their presence known in South Africa.

In theory, the United Nations' Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change has been breathlessly awaiting Arnold Schwarzenegger for more than a week now. And sure, California Senator Barbara Boxer didn't go, but she sent people with press releases to talk to the rest of the world about what remains the hottest mainstream topic in climate change policy in the Untied States: whether or not climate deniers have a point. KPCC's Kitty Felde rightly covered that as a political story; this message isn't meant for convention delegates:

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