The bill’s short-term goal is to have 40 percent of Florida’s electricity come from renewable energy by 2030.
The Amazon is burning, Trump skipped out on the G7 climate change meeting, and the rise in global temperatures is helping a flesh-eating bacteria spread.
All in all, not a great week for planet Earth.
As legislators try to combat climate change on a global and national scale, Florida lawmakers are trying to start at the state level. Again. Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando, filed HB 97 on Tuesday, essentially refiling an earlier bill that seeks to get Florida at 100 percent clean energy by 2050.
The bill’s short-term goal is to have 40 percent of Florida’s electricity come from renewable energy by 2030. Eskamani filed similar legislation in March — HB 1291 — but the proposed law died in the energy and utilities subcommittee.
“Floridians are already feeling the effects of a warmer world,” Eskamani said in a press release. “From mosquitoes and hurricanes to harmful algal blooms and sea level rise— Florida has a lot to lose if climate change goes unchecked and one of the most important ways to curb the impact of climate change and to build a more resilient state is through transitioning to 100%renewable energy.”
The bill calls on all public agencies, state-run colleges and universities and public utilities to take part. It plans to remove fossil fuel consumption and add in electrical generating facilities, emphasizing the use of solar power as a renewable source. Eskamani is filing legislation alongside State Sen. José Javier Rodríguez, D-Miami.