Global Warming on the menu in Tallahassee

04/03/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Global warming and climate change were on the agenda today at the invitation of CFO Alex Sink and Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Bronson.

The pair of Cabinet officers kicked off a series of four "Conversations on Climate Change" to explore the subject and its consequences for the Sunshine State. It followed this morning's meeting of the Florida Cabinet , and includes a panel of national experts to give an overview on climate change, its potential impact on Florida, as well details on changing sea levels, and hurricane risk.

Jerry Karnas directs the Global Warming Campaign in the Southeast for the  World Wildlife Federation.  He attended today’s meeting in Tallahassee. (roll tape#1 o.q.”

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Certainly, the issue is important to Governor Charlie Crist, who referred to it during his State of the State Address last month, and again on Monday when speaking to WMNF’s Rob Lorei (roll tape#2 o.q. “and it’s good for Florida”)

During the discussion, Attorney General Bill McCollum, while saying that he wasn’t speaking about his own beliefs per se, did refer to the claims of skeptics of global warming.  Again, the World Wildlife Federation’s Jerry Karnas (roll tape#3 o.q.”of last year”)

In Tallahassee, Crist repeated a comment he made during his taping of a television interview to be broadcast Thursday night on WEDU about using solar power (roll tape#4 o.q.””to lead by example”)

There will be 3 more Conversations on Climate Change taking place this year.  The one in September will be open for the public.  The location is not yet known.


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