Climate Leadership Gala Opening Salvos

8:00pm --  Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told the assembled Climate Leadership Gala that U.S. mayors are key to leading the way in creating a green economy.  As incoming president of the US Conference of Mayors, he said the last USCOM conference saw them all “elbowing each other to see who could do more”.

He praised Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, who used to be his deputy mayor. "In 2005, I told Nancy, then deputy mayor of LA, that her job depended on LA getting to 20% renewables in 2010. Last year, we hit 20%!" 

8:08pm -- Bo Derek introduced Lisa Jackson, lauding her leadership and Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network, presents her the award, saying she is "someone I admire to death".

8:15pm -- Lisa Jackson praised her own heros, including Kathleen, Queen Noor, Ed Begley Jr, and Governor Bill Richardson. She also praised Sutley, as her colleague doing the same great things she did in Los Angeles every day in the White House Council on Environmental Qualiity.