Fla. Gov. Announces Climate Change Summit: Schwarzenegger to Speak

June 19, 2007

Gov. Charlie Crist 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 in Miamil.

“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,” 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 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.

“I believe global climate change is one of the most important issues that we will face this century,” 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.”

Source: Office of the Governor of Florida

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