Crist Makes News before Climate Change Summit Begins

07/11/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Tomorrow morning in Miami, a two-day summit on Global Warming begins.

But even before it takes place, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has made big news.

In a series of interviews yesterday, Crist said that he wants to make Florida the first state in the Southeast to adopt a cap and trade system to control greenhouse gases, the cause of global warming.

Currently, six states in the West and 10 in the Northeast currently do so, but none in the South. The cap and trade plan is just part of new environmental legislation that Crist is expected to sign at the end of the summit on Friday afternoon.

Another part of the plan requires power plants to cut their carbon emissions to year 2000 levels over the next 10 years, with bigger cuts by 2025.

Jerry Karnas is with Environmental Defense, one of several environmental organizations in Florida helping to fund the summit. He thinks Crist has already made the biggest news to come out of this summit.

Environmentalist Robert Kennedy Jr. and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger are also expected to attend.

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