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Charlie's climate crusade: Blowin' in the wind



Although Gov. Charlie Crist’s global warming summit has garnered mostly positive comments from the 600-plus business, political and environmental leaders attending, more than one has joked about whether it was smart to convene such a conference in Miami in July. Leaving the air-conditioned cocoon of the InterContinental Hotel, where the conference is taking place, is like wading into a sauna where the controls are turned up to 11.

And come to think of it, with all that air-conditioning and the bigwigs driving up in their stretch limos, how much carbon is this anti-warming summit generating? Doesn't that defeat the whole purpose of Crist's crusade? 

Turns out the answer is blowin' in the New Mexico.

  “To offset the energy used for the summit, the State of Florida has worked with the non-profit to estimate the carbon emissions created by summit participants through their use of transportation, hotel operations and food preparation,” according to a news release this week from the governor’s press office.

“Because carbon emissions have global impact, supporting renewable energy anywhere can compensate for the environmental impact of the summit,” the news release states. “The State  of Florida's financial support of renewable wind energy in New Mexico will counterbalance the carbon emissions generated by the summit.”

--Craig Pittman

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:39pm]


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