CHENNAI: Arnold Schw-arzenegger was so impressed with Tamil Nadu’s renewable power projects, that he has extended an invitation to the State to join his ‘clean energy’ alliance.
In a letter to Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, immediately after his visit to Chennai, the action star and politician wrote, “I loved to hear that you have embraced clean, renewable energy in your state. You should be proud of yourself for leading the way and providing 39 per cent of the wind energy in India.” And he went on to add, “Four years ago I started an organisation called R20: Regions of Climate Action that works with sub-national governments around the world to move towards a clean energy future. I think Tamil Nadu would be the perfect partner for us and so I will have my staff follow up with your Energy Minister.”
Schwarzenegger had visited Chennai on September 15 to attend the audio launch of Shankar’s ‘I’. He had made it a point to seek an appointment with the CM and spent close to half an hour discussing various issues with her at the Secretariat. He had started R20 along with other environmentalists to help cultivate projects that dealt with sustainable, green energy across the world. The not-for-profit organisation has signed with 560 cities and states across the world and is fostering projects globally. “The objective isn’t merely to clean our states up but to inspire people to do what you’ve done in Tamil Nadu and I have in California,” he added.
The Terminator star admitted that he was impressed with the amount of work that the Chief Minister had done for women and children in the state. “It is no wonder that the people here call you Amma. The all women police stations are such a brilliant idea, I don’t know why I have never heard of them before,” he said.