From worsening “red tide” algal blooms, rising sea levels and neighborhood flooding, to more severe weather events including hurricanes, most of us have personally felt the effects of climate change. Nearly 70 percent of Floridians want to see their cities help tackle this existential threat.1 That's why 11 Florida cities have committed to transitioning to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.2
Meanwhile, Florida’s Republican led state Legislature, backed by powerful electric utility companies, recently passed SB 1128 and HB 919 that block local progress. If these bills are signed into law, local governments will be stopped from transitioning to 100 percent clean energy and stripped of an essential tool for confronting the climate crisis.
SB 1128 and HB 919 would strip local control of energy sources, reversing progress on 100 percent renewable commitments and sidelining the movement to adopt clean, renewable energy powered buildings and vehicles in Florida.
The best time to transition off of fossil fuels was decades ago. The second best time is right now. Use your voice to make sure we continue to give local governments the tools they need to fight climate change.
For a brighter future,
Mark and the Progress Florida Team
1"New survey: Floridians are more worried about climate change than most Americans," Florida Phoenix, March 15, 2021
2"Cocoa City Council Passes Resolution to Transition to 100 Percent Renewable Energy By 2035," Space Coast Daily, October 29, 2020.