The New Action Heroes

The New York City Mayor and California's Governor are doing the things that gridlocked Washington won't

Platon for TIME

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger photographed together for Time.

On an unseasonably hot May day in Central Park, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — the pint-size billionaire whose last name needs no elaboration for anyone who knows anything about finance or the media — was talking about saving the planet. With the mayors of more than 30 of the world's largest cities at his side, Bloomberg was opening a climate summit, highlighting his ambitious plan to slash the Big Apple's carbon emissions. Together, the mayors pledged to enlist their 250 million constituents in the fight against global warming. "Unfortunately, partisan politics has immobilized Washington," Bloomberg said. "But...

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