Fla. Governor Joins Green Revolution

Toughest emissions standard in nation will make waves
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2007 12:12 PM CDT
Fla. Governor Joins Green Revolution
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, right, introduces California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger during the luncheon at the ServetoPreserve, A Florida Summit on Global Climate Change in Miami Friday, July 13, 2007. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)   (Associated Press)

Florida governor Charlie Crist is taking the green revolution farther down the road traveled in California, with an executive order setting the nation's toughest emission standards. Highly vulnerable to climate change, the fourth largest state will catalyze legal, business and attitude shifts throughout the country, says the Economist.

Businesses will have to decide whether to meet new standards or to sue over them. California is battling both the EPA and automakers over the state's authority to regulate the issue; Crist’s move will increases the pressure, as the states together will have enormous clout.  Florida citizens, as well, will be forced to make tough energy decisions. (More greenhouse gases stories.)

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