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Last week, Florida Governor Charlie Crist excited environmentalists when he mentioned that he wants to work on global climate change (roll tape#1 o.q.”greenhouse gases”)

As the federal government has done little on limiting carbon emissions , it has been left up to the states to take up that work.

Northeastern states, including New York, are working on a regional agreement to limit carbon emissions., which is one of the main contributors to global warming,

And last month, Governors of Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and California agreed to set a limit on how much carbon dioxide their region will produce.

When it comes to capping Greenhouse gas emissions, no state has done more than California under its governor, Arnold Schwarzenneger.  Last year, it  became the first state to cap greenhouse gas emissions with a law that requires them to be reduced to 1990 levels by 2020. And in 2004,  Schwarzenegger required all state buildings to meet national environmental standards and to be 20 percent more efficient by 2015.

Jerry Karnas is the Global Campaign Director for the SouthEast region for the National Wildlife Federation.   He says his group has been involved in facilitating talks with Governor Crist on learning more about what California has been up to in combating global warming (roll tape#1 o.q. “mission can be”)

Jerry Karnas from the National Wildlife Federation.  He says that Summit will be held sometime this summer.  He says plans are being prepared this week in California. 

In his State of the State address last week, Governor Crist also talked about the legislature allocating  money for researching alternative energy sources, including solar power and fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol (roll tape#3 o.q.”on foreign oil”)

Again, Jerry Karnas, Global Campaign Director for the South East Region for the National Wildlife Federation            (roll tape#4 o.q.”the 8 years that we had”)

But not everybody is on board with the realities of global climate change.  Yesterday in Tallahassee, State Senator Carey Baker cut off a University of Florida scientist talking to a joint House and Senate panel climate change.  Baker said, “"What he's presenting is by no way considered fact….The National Wildlife Federation’s Jerry Karnas says its not suprising that there are some holdouts (roll tape#5 o.q.”be a leader on it”)

Also today, it was announced today that 7 Governors have signed West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin’s Declaration of Energy Independence..For more information on that, go to American EnergySecurity.org

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