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[GreenYes] 2-3 p.m.:Crist signs executive orders on Florida's energy policy.


 
 
  

Palm Beach Post 

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Florida's high-octane governor wants to reenergize the state with a mixture of solar, wind and nuclear fuel.

Charlie Crist, the state's Red Bull-drinking, coal-plant-shunning chief executive, is going to discuss those plans in front of more than 500 environmentalists, politicians and journalists at a two-day climate-change conference in Miami starting Thursday.

Florida Climate Change Summit
The schedule for the conferenceat the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Miami:

Thursday
8:30 a.m.: Gov. Charlie Crist's keynote address: Why Climate Change Matters to Florida.
10:15-11 a.m.: Framing the Climate Change Challenge, panel discussion. Thomas D. Peterson, executive director, Center for Climate Strategies; Bill Chameides, chief scientist, Environmental Defense; Mike Sole, secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
11:15 a.m.-noon: Effective Ways to Reduce Greenhouse Gases, panel discussion. Steve Bolze, President of Power Generation, GE Energy; R. Neil Elliot, agriculture and industry program director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy; JamesFenton, Florida Solar Energy Center; Lonnie Ingram, director of the Florida Center for Renewable Chemicals and Fuels, University of Florida.
Noon-12:45 p.m.: Transportation and Land Use Efficiency, panel discussion. Terry Tamminen, former secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency; Nick Bollman, senior fellow, Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, Florida Atlantic University; Jorge Kuperman, president and chief executive officer, JSK Architectural Group.
1-2 p.m.: Luncheon with keynote address by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
2:15 -3:15 p.m.: Agriculture and Forestry Conservation, panel discussion. Charles Bronson, Florida commissioner of agriculture; Eduardo Pereira de Carvalho, chief executive officer, Association of Sugar Producers, Brazil; Robert Prolman, director of international environmental affairs, Weyerhauser Co.; Ernie Shea, project coordinator, 25x 25 America's Energy Future.
3:15-5 p.m.: Success Stories from Emissions Reducing Entities, panel discussion. Steve Howard, chief executive officer, The Climate Group.
7:45-9:30 p.m.: Dinner hosted by Crist.

Friday
9:15-9:45 a.m.: Keynote address by Theodore Roosevelt IV.
9:45-10:15 a.m.: Keynote address by Vinod Khosla, Khosla Enterprises.
10:30-11:45 a.m.: Leadership Roundtable hosted by Crist and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Noon-1:30 p.m.: Luncheon with keynote address by Schwarzenegger.
2-3 p.m.:Crist signs executive orders on Florida's energy policy.
 

He's keeping the details under wraps, but his plans are likely to emphasize using renewable fuels and include mandates for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Friday afternoon, after two days of workshops and speeches at the Florida Climate Change Summit, Crist will sign executive orders and put his plan into law.

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The rest of the lineup includes scientists, renewable-energy advocates and environmentalists who will talk about how Florida can become more energy-efficient and use alternative fuels.

"The intent is to have a strategy for Florida and how we can do as much as possible to stem this tide to become progressive and productive. I am confident after listening to these scientists that we can begin that by some executive orders," said Crist, who recently vetoed the energy bill passed during the legislative session, saying it did not go far enough.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 




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