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11.03.2007

Energy and Climate Change Report - Tallahassee

The Phase One report of the Action Team on November 1st.

The report includes recommendations regarding Florida’s energy policy and incorporating greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies into Florida’s energy future.

Executive Order 07-128 established the Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change and charged the 21-member appointed group with creating and evaluating comprehensive actions to achieve reduction targets for greenhouse gas reductions specified in Executive Order 07-127.

This report identified 35 initial findings and 30 initial recommendations to better track and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including energy efficiency and conservation targets in three sectors - power generation, transportation and state and local governments.

The report could be the basis for a far-reaching strategy for preserving Florida’s environment, economy and quality of life.

Phase Two of the action plan will focus on mitigating impacts to society, public health, the economy and the environment created by greenhouse gas emissions from new growth.
The action team will explore carbon capture and storage technologies and will coordinate a long-term public policy focused on reducing greenhouse gases in areas of economic development, university-based research and technology development, energy, environmental protection, natural resource and growth management and transportation.

On July 13, 2007, Governor Charlie Crist signed a groundbreaking set of Executive Orders during the Serve to Preserve Florida Summit on Global Climate Change. The three Executive Orders represent the Governor’s commitment to addressing global climate change, a promise to reduce Florida’s greenhouse gases, increase our energy efficiency and pursue more renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind technologies, as well as alternative energy, such as ethanol and hydrogen.

See previous post regarding the mounting attack on the Governor's Executive Order 07-127.

For more information about the action team or to view the Phase One report, visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The final report is due by October 1, 2008.

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