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Gov. to speak at Florida global warming conference

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger again plans to take his environmental message national next month by speaking in Miami at a global warming summit hosted by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.

The Republican governor plans to speak July 13 at the InterContinental Miami Hotel, confirmed Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear. Schwarzenegger previously expressed interest in creating a "triangle of very important states" with New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, a Democrat, and Crist, a Republican.

The governor already has promoted California's greenhouse gas reduction efforts in Washington, New York, Toronto and Vancouver this year. He also plans to visit outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair next week, where he is expected to talk about the environment.

Schwarzenegger's travels outside California have helped him win national and international attention, the latest coming this week when Time magazine put the governor on its cover with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The governor apparently isn't too worried about budget negotiations becoming problematic this summer. Even though legislative leaders still have not agreed on a budget, Schwarzenegger plans to be in England five days before the June 30 statutory deadline and in Florida nearly two weeks afterward.

"We're hopeful that the budget once again this year will be signed on time, and he'll be free that week," McLear said of the July 13 visit to Florida.