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Top Scientists To Media: Stop Using `Skeptic` To Describe Climate
12/12/2014
Floridians Deliver 92,000-Signature Petition Urging Gov. Rick Scott To Cut State Emissions | ThinkProgress
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Floridians Deliver 92,000-Signature Petition Urging Gov. Rick Scott To Cut State Emissions | ThinkProgress
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Floridians Deliver 92,000-Signature Petition Urging
Gov. Rick Scott To Cut State Emissions
BY KATIE VALENTINE
POSTED ON OCTOBER 20, 2014 AT 1:47 PM UPDATED: OCTOBER 21, 2014
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Floridians travelled to the state capitol Monday to call on Gov. Rick Scott to make a plan
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Florida.
State residents delivered a petition with 92,000 signatures to the governor’s office
Monday morning in an attempt to urge Scott to take action on carbon reductions
proposed by the EPA’s recent rule on power plant emissions. The petition, which was
organized by state environmental group Florida’s Clean Future, calls on the governor to
invest in a plan for emissions reductions from power plants.
“It’s time we put a clean power plan in place for Florida that cleans up dirty coal fired
power plants, saves our homes and businesses money through energy efficiency, and
invests in clean solar power to create more jobs right here in Florida,” the petition reads.
“We need protection from pollution. We need you to support strong limits on industrial
carbon pollution from dirty power plants, promote investment in energy efficiency, and
lead the Sunshine State to a bright solar future. We need a strong plan.”
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RIGHT NOW: Preparing to deliver thousands of petitions to
@FLGovScott re need to #ActOnClimate. #pfla #flgov
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FL's Clean Future
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ICYMI: Dropped of over 92k petitons to @FLGovScott asking to
protect Floridians from #carbon pollution #ActOnClimate
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Protesters at FL Capitol for today's petition delivery event. #pfla
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Complying with the EPA’s proposed regulation would mean Florida would have to
develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 38 percent by 2030, reductions
that are part of the EPA’s overall goal of reducing emissions from power plants by 30
percent below 2005 levels by 2030. So far, however, Scott hasn’t taken steps to prepare
Florida for the reductions, and his administration hasn’t said much about what it thinks
about the rule. The issue has also barely surfaced in the state’s governor’s race —
Democratic candidate Charlie Crist has only said that Florida will “have to see exactly
how [the rules] turn out.”
But as the Orlando Sentinel pointed out last week, the issue can’t be ignored — or
kicked down the curb — forever.
“Whoever gets to be Florida’s next governor will have a very large say in how the EPA rule
is carried out and how much of the cost is absorbed by consumers,” the Sentinel wrote.
The Floridians who travelled to the state’s capitol are hoping their efforts will put the
issue back in the spotlight. Florida’s Clean Future cites polling data that finds that 77
percent of Floridians support the EPA’s proposed rule on carbon emissions from power
plants, and that 71 percent of Floridians believe carbon emissions contribute to climate
change. That’s something that Scott has been hesitant to admit during the campaign,
saying only that he’s “not a scientist” and often pivoting to talking points on his
administration’s environmental efforts.
Florida’s Clean Future isn’t the first to petition Scott to act on climate change. In August,
Mitch Hescox, president of the Evangelical Environmental Network, delivered a petition
with 60,000 signatures of “pro-life Christians” to the governor’s office, urging him to take
the threat of climate change seriously. Florida — especially South Florida — is one of the
most vulnerable states in the U.S. when it comes to sea level rise.
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This soon to be ex-governor of Florida has consistently failed to protect Florida's dwindling natural
environment. With the election of Charlie Crist as governor and passage of Amendment 1, we might
manage to save what's left of our state's precious environment. We need a governor who will take
seriously what our earth scientists/climatologists have been saying about Florida being on the front line of
climate change.
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