Florida: Hermann Scheer Receives Standing Ovation–Pushes Feed-in Tariffs at Governor Crist Climate Summit

By John Dorschner


jdorschner@MiamiHerald.com Schwarzenegger lauds, criticizes climate efforts . . . . . .

Speaking at the closing luncheon of Crist’s second summit on climate change in Miami, Schwarzenegger listed all the elements, some serious, some not, that California and Florida shared. . .

. . . With an estimated 800 persons gathered at the Hotel InterContinental in downtown Miami . . .

. . . During an international panel, the most applause was received by Hermann Scheer, a member of the German Parliament and a leading expert in solar energy. “The only real option is to change to renewable,” Scheer told the audience. He said Germany now produces 50 percent of the world’s wind power and is a leader in solar. He said countries pushing renewables need to do three things:

  • Guarantee access to the grid for any producer of renewable power, no matter how small the amount of power might be.
  • Make guaranteed payments to those providing renewable power.
  • Don’t cap the contributions of renewable power.

Scheer received a standing ovation.

The crowd of about 500, however, sat silently when Philippe Vinogradoff, the consul general of France in Miami, said his nation needed to retain ”the nuclear option,” because nuclear was a key source of power in France.