California governor calls for stronger energy policy |

California governor calls for stronger energy policy

The Associated Press

DETROIT ” California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says the U.S. needs a clear energy policy so automakers can develop cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Speaking at the Society Automotive Engineers 2009 World Congress in Detroit on Monday, Schwarzenegger said Washington has failed to create an energy policy that would help automakers develop fuel-efficient or alternative fuel vehicles more quickly.

Schwarzenegger says he wants California to lead the country when it comes to setting low emission standards, calling the current U.S. policy “embarrassing.”

Schwarzenegger also says he favors government and industry efforts to help Detroit’s ailing auto industry. He volunteered to be the first to film a television commercial supporting Detroit car companies.