The sovereign nation of California has done a deal with the government of Her Britannic Majesty:
British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — in an apparent end run around a Bush administration that has stubbornly resisted addressing global warming — signed a partnership Monday to share technology and scientific research aimed at fighting the effects of worldwide climate change.
The nonbinding accord is the first between the United Kingdom and a U.S. state on global warming, establishing what officials said would be a continuing commitment to focus on the issue.
I wonder how they square this with the Compact Clause of the Constitution:
No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, …enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power
As I understand it, the Constitution was designed deliberately to remove the powers states had under the Articles of Confederation to deal with foreign powers. By initiating this process, Blair has just stuck two fingers up to the US Congress and the US Constitution. Funnily enough, I hold him to a higher standard than the Governor of California.
North Carolina is next, I understand.