Florida may soon omit 'climate change' from state laws

Florida is poised to remove references to climate change in state laws, focusing instead on energy affordability and security, a shift led by Governor Ron DeSantis.

Brendan Farrington reports for The Associated Press.


In short:

  • The proposed legislation reverses previous policies that prioritized climate change in energy decisions, introduced by former Governor Charlie Crist.
  • Critics, including Crist now a Democrat, express concerns over Florida's vulnerability to sea-level rise, criticizing the timing of the policy shift.
  • The bill, supported by Republicans and opposed by Democrats, must be signed or vetoed by DeSantis by May 15.

Key quote:

“It’s disappointing to see a continuing lurch in the wrong direction, particularly when Florida, with our coastline, is probably the most vulnerable to rising sea levels, I mean if we don’t address it, who’s going to? It breaks my heart.”

— Former Governor Charlie Crist

Why this matters:

This legislative change could significantly impact Florida, a state especially at risk from rising sea levels and severe weather. Shifting focus from climate change to energy affordability may undermine efforts to address these environmental challenges.

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