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Controversy Surrounds Florida's New Legislation on Climate Change and Energy Policies

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has recently approved legislation that significantly reduces the state's focus on climate change and renewable energy sources. The bill, signed into law, not only bans offshore wind turbines but also aims to boost the use of natural gas and relax regulations on gas pipelines, while increasing protections for gas appliances like stoves. Despite criticism from opponents who emphasize the pressing threats of climate change in Florida, DeSantis defended the bill as a practical approach to energy policy, contrasting it with what he referred to as the agenda of "radical green zealots".

The new legislation, set to take effect on July 1, has sparked concerns among environmental advocates and critics who argue that it weakens the state's commitment to addressing climate issues. By removing mentions of "climate" in several instances and shifting energy goals towards natural gas expansion, the bill has been accused of prioritizing industry interests over environmental concerns. In contrast to previous initiatives that aimed at promoting clean energy and climate-friendly practices, this bill represents a significant shift in Florida's energy policy under DeSantis's administration. The governor's decision to support the legislation has drawn criticism for neglecting the urgency of climate change threats, such as rising sea levels and extreme weather patterns, which are particularly relevant to Florida's coastal areas.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09