Dr. David Schutt, EVP and Chief Operating Officer of the Society of Automotive Engineers, today announced that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger would come to Detroit on April 20. Schwarzenegger will deliver an opening keynote address to the SAE World Congress, the annual gathering of mobility engineers from around the world. Schwarzenegger has been a strong proponent for green mobility in recent years (he used to have another persona) as well as a vocal supporter of his state's request for a waiver from the EPA that would allow it to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
The governor will address the gathering at 8 a.m. Monday April 20, 2009 in the AVL Technology Theater on the show floor. The Congress takes place in Detroit's Cobo Center from April 20-24 this year. Schutt told the media in attendance at a preview today that SAE invited the governor to address the conference, but was not scripting his speech. SAE does not know what Schwarzenegger will say. The society has long been involved in setting industry standards. However, according to Schutt, SAE does not have a formal position one way or the other on the California waiver request.

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