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Florida to join EU? No, but...



Gov. Charlie Crist confirmed plans to join with England, as reported earlier, to sign an agreement to combat global warming. Turns out, Germany is on board, too, Crist said Thursday night.

Matthias Machnig, German state secretary for the environment, said, "This decision means change -- something is going to change on climate and global warming."

At a crowded dinner, Crist said he wasn't offended that the UK hadn't sent their PM, as they did last year when then-Prime Minister Tony Blair joined California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in signing a similar agreement, seen as the first step toward an international cap-and-trade system to curb greenhouse gases believed to cause climate change.

So does that ratchet up the pressure on Florida's neighbors to join in a regional agreement?

"I hear there's hope in South Carolina," Crist said cheerfully Friday night. "But Florida first."

Asjylyn Loder and Craig Pittman

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


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