Four Governors Promote Clean Energy Initiative, Release Report

December 14, 2007

The governors of four states gathered December 13 at a summit in the Sunshine State to advocate "clean energy" actions spelled out in a National Governors Association (NGA) initiative. Securing a Clean Energy Future Initiative (SCEF Initiative) is an NGA effort that aims to motivate U.S. governors to embrace clean energy policies and raise awareness of how individuals can help solve the nation's energy challenges. The NGA defines clean energy as that generated by renewable, clean coal, and nuclear sources.

At the summit, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, and Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer released the first SCEF Initiative publication, announced a clean energy partnership between NGA and Discovery Communications, and discussed advancing alternative fuels and low emissions vehicles in the United States.

The publication, A Call to Action, asks the nation's governors to:

  • Define the current energy problem, including the nature of current dependence on oil and other fossil fuels
  • Dispel myths associated with increasing alternative energy sources so as to help break oil addiction, meet surging electricity demand, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Describe the integral role states will play in promoting clean energy
  • Promote the SCEF Initiative roadmap to a cleaner, more secure energy future.

Pawlenty, who is NGA Chair, opened the summit by stating, "If we're to wrestle back control of our own energy future, America must devote serious attention to increasing development of alternative fuels and clean vehicles."

Schweitzer said, "For too long myths and hearsay have prevented meaningful action on these issues. But governors are taking action. I'm proud to be here today with my colleagues to continue our work addressing our nation's shared energy challenges."

NGA also announced a partnership with Discovery Communications — home to the Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet — to motivate individuals across the country to embrace clean energy in their everyday activities. The first product of this partnership is a public service announcement (PSA) that demonstrates simple actions individuals can take to reduce their overall energy consumption. The PSA will begin airing on Discovery's networks in 2008.

The Florida event is the first of three SCEF Initiative summits planned by the NGA. In 2008, two more summits will focus on states' roles in encouraging research, development, and deployment of clean energy technologies and to promote clean power generation and energy efficiency. The SCEF Initiative is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

For more information, see the NGA December 13 press release and the SCEF Initiative publication, A Call to Action (PDF 802 KB). Download Adobe Reader.