I have a better argument to convince people to conserve. I know it works, because it worked on me. You see, I am skeptical to a degree naturally. My first thought is, prove it. Although I generally believe in GW, I am open to any new data or research (always skeptical), but that is not the important part. My argument to myself was, "what if".
Just, what if they are right.If they are, I should try to conserve. My next thought was, if I conserve it saves me money. It's good for the country, the world, my wallet, and the outdoors that I love.
So, I looked around and did a cost benefit analysis on energy conservation. If it has a payback in a few years, it's a done deal. These include CFLs, LEDs, whole house fans, cool-n-save, planting shade trees, dimmers and occupancy switches. With just these changes, in the winter I have decreased my usage of electricity by more than 25%, that is with my kids getting bigger and using more. (Now, they have their own computer, among other things). I expect to even save more in the energy intensive summer. I will do things with longer payback as either the money becomes available or the cost comes down.
So, you don't have to convince someone you are right, just that you might be right. Then show them the benefits. That will get a lot of people in the middle. The rest will just frustrate you any way and be wasted effort.
You are right about both UF and FSU being good schools. I don't tell many people this, but I went to UF, one semester for a special program. I was amazed that people there were fairly normal :).