Border Governors Conference 2008 Part 3

“Existing technology today”, said Nancy McFAdden, Senior Vice President of Pacific Gas & Electric, “could help us meet 50% of future needs.” A featured panelist at the “Conversations on Building Green Economies” at the Border Governors conference, McFadden said the problem is we don’t know how to take existing energy and use it efficiently.

It’s also a matter of direction. First world countries, said panelists, are moving along unworkable, unsustainable pathways. “The developed world,” said Pachauri, has to re-develop,” go a different direction.

“You can’t expect developing nations to see what we do and not want to emulate that. We have to set a different example,” he said.

It’s got to be about more than just us – what we want to do or have.

“We have a much bigger responsibility tan just taking care of ourselves,” said Pachauri.

Border Governors Conference 2008 Notable Beginnings

Governor Schwarzenneger's Initial Opening Remarks

Governor Schwarzenneger

Prior to the official opening of the 26th annual Border Governors conference, a noteworthy forum was held. In keeping with the conference’s theme, the topic of the panel was “A Conversation on Building Green Economies.”

The prestigious panel was comprised of 2 Nobel Peace Prize recipients, a former NASA advisor, several CEO’s of noted alternative energy companies, a top executive of Pacific Gas & Electric, and the leader of the carpenters’ union.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made a surprise appearance. With characteristic charisma and humor, in his opening remarks, he stressed that California has shown “we can have a clean environment and a thriving environment.” He emphasized that you can successfully “stimulate the economy and green technology.”

During his address, the Governor mentioned his recent discussion and commitment to California leading the way in alternative energy usage by powering 5 major government buildings completely with fuel cells, though no target date for this was given.

This announcement was met with excitement and resounding applause from attendees.

Acknowledging the importance and need for border states to “help each other”, the governor then introduced the 6 panelists and turned the discussion over to moderator Terry Tamminen, Director of the North America Foundation’s Climate Policy Program and a former Secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency.