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Florida Governor Crist Announces Florida Climate Change Summit

By ( - June 22, 2007

>Florida Governor Charlie Crist today announced California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as a keynote speaker at Florida’s global climate change summit. The two-day conference will be held in Miami, July 12-13, 2007, at the Intercontinental Miami Hotel. Governor Crist invited interested individuals, organizations and media to register for the conference at

“At Florida’s climate change summit, we will begin working on a plan to explore groundbreaking technologies and strategies that will place our state at the forefront of the growing world-wide movement to reduce greenhouse gases,” Governor Crist said. “Governor Schwarzenegger is a tremendous champion of this cause, and I am honored that he will lend his expertise as we explore ways to overcome this monumental challenge.”

“I applaud Governor Crist for facilitating this important discussion on one of the biggest problems facing our nation and world: global climate change. He is demonstrating the bold leadership necessary to achieve real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “Our states can serve as a model for the rest of the country by fostering the development of new technologies and industries that expand markets, create new jobs and reduce energy dependence while protecting our environment. States cannot wait any longer; we must take action.”

The Serve to Preserve Florida Summit on Global Climate Change will bring together policy makers, academics, scientists, environmentalists and the business community to discuss the impact of climate change in Florida. These experts will help develop best practices related to alternative fuels and emission standards. The group’s strongest recommendations will help shape procedures for state agencies and future legislation. Individuals and media interested in attending the summit can register at .

“I believe global climate change is one of the most important issues that we will face this century,” Governor Crist said. “With almost 1,200 miles of coastline and the majority of our citizens living near that coastline, Florida is more vulnerable to rising ocean levels and violent weather patterns than any other state.”

At the opening of the 2007 Legislative Session in March, Governor Crist announced Florida’s climate change summit during his State of the State Address. In April, Governor Crist joined the Stop Global Warming Virtual March sponsored by and met with Laurie David and Sheryl Crow at the University of Florida to discuss his environmental priorities. In May, he announced Florida’s participation with 30 other states, including California, as charter members of The Climate Registry, the largest multi-state effort to address climate change.

About California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

In 2006, Governor Schwarzenegger signed landmark bipartisan legislation to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions. His leadership in creating a greener environment also includes establishing the California Hydrogen Highway and Million Solar Roofs Plan.

The Hydrogen Highway will develop a network of hydrogen fueling stations along California’s 21 interstate freeways and in the urban centers that they connect, so that by 2010, every Californian will have access to hydrogen fuel, with a significant and increasing percentage produced from clean, renewable sources. The Million Solar Roofs Initiative rewards the installation of solar electric systems in new and existing residential and commercial sites and will lead to one million solar roofs in California by 2018.