Charlie Crist and the Sundance Kid
Mayors from across the country heard opening remarks from Florida Governor Charlie Crist Sunday night at Robert Redford’s Sundance Village retreat in Utah. Crist focused on the role that local and state governments can play together as the country addresses global warming. His keynote speech was followed by welcoming remarks from Robert Redford who has invited mayors here to share the latest information on global warming. Republican Crist looks mighty comfortable, above, with Redford and liberal Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson.
"In Florida we have learned to do more than simply talk about global climate change. We learned to be doers -- people of action. As our great conservationist President, Teddy Roosevelt, said, ‘The man who really counts in the world is the doer,’” said Crist. “For that reason, I applaud Robert Redford for his leadership in this tremendous challenge facing our nation."
From the Gov. Crist's office: "...On Friday, Governor Crist met with venture capitalist Vinod Khosla who was a keynote speaker at the Florida Summit on Global Climate Change. Khosla is the co-founder of Sun Microsystems and has invested heavily in renewable energy companies, including ethanol companies. His firm, Khosla Ventures, supports breakthrough scientific work in clean technology areas such as bio-refineries for energy and bioplastics, solar batteries and other environmentally friendly technologies.
"Khosla shared with Governor Crist news that Florida Power and Light and Ausra are currently discussing the technical considerations necessary to utilize Ausra’s new solar electric generating technology at one or more of FPL’s existing plant sites. Although in the early development stage, the companies are endeavoring to achieve commercial operation of at least one such solar facility before the end of 2008.
"Last Thursday Governor Crist met with Catholic, Protestant and Jewish religious leaders from Tallahasseewho are addressing climate change. They discussed possible climate friendly strategies for partnerships between state governments and the private sector, including faith-based organizations. "