Florida Governor Appoints Energy and Climate Change Action Team

August 16, 2007

Florida Governor Charlie Crist appointed an action team to develop Florida’s energy and climate change action plan on August 13. The action team consists of 21 people that represent both public and private sectors. Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Michael W. Sole will serve as chairman of the action team.

The action team’s work is divided into two phases. During the first phase, to be completed by November 1 the action team will be developing a comprehensive strategy to achieve targets for statewide greenhouse gas reductions. The strategy will include policy recommendations and changes to existing law. It will also establish policies for emission reporting, create a registry to measure and document emission reductions, and develop a plan for increasing use of renewable transportation fuels.

Phase two is to be completed by October 1, 2008, and will focus on easing the effects of greenhouse gas emissions from new growth to society, public health, the economy, and the environment. The action team will research the option of carbon capture and storage technologies and develop long term policy focused on reducing greenhouse gases.

“During the next few months, Florida’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change will develop further recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and diversify our energy resources,” said Governor Crist. For details, see the governor’s August 13 press release.

See also a related story published the U.S. Department of Energy on July 13 about Governor Crist's executive orders and Florida’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.