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Florida signs a bill making climate change a lesser state priority

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Florida's recent legislative decisions, spearheaded by Governor Ron DeSantis, pose a grave threat to the fight against climate change, environmental conservation, and justice. By enacting legislation that effectively sidelines climate change concerns and prohibits offshore wind turbines, Florida is not only neglecting its responsibility to address pressing environmental challenges but also exacerbating them.

The decision to diminish the priority of climate change in state statutes is alarming and sends a dangerous message. Florida is one of the most vulnerable states to the impacts of climate change, facing rising sea levels, extreme heatwaves, flooding, and increasingly severe storms. Ignoring these realities not only endangers the state's natural ecosystems and communities but also undermines global efforts to combat climate change.

https://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/desantis-amid-criticism-signs-florida-bill-making-climate-110278198


Banning power-generating wind turbines offshore or near the coastline further compounds the problem. Wind energy represents a clean and renewable alternative to fossil fuels, offering a sustainable path towards reducing carbon emissions and mitigating climate change. By obstructing the development of wind energy infrastructure, Florida is missing out on a crucial opportunity to transition towards a more sustainable energy future.

Moreover, the legislation's provisions to expand natural gas and reduce regulation on gas pipelines represent a step backward. Instead of investing in renewable energy sources and reducing dependence on fossil fuels, Florida is entrenching itself further in a carbon-intensive energy system. This not only perpetuates environmental degradation but also exacerbates social and economic inequalities, disproportionately impacting marginalized communities that bear the brunt of pollution and climate-related disasters.

Governor DeSantis may label this legislation as a "common-sense approach to energy policy," but in reality, it reflects a shortsighted and irresponsible stance. By prioritizing the interests of the fossil fuel industry over environmental sustainability and public health, Florida is jeopardizing its own future and hindering progress towards a more just and resilient society.

It's imperative for Floridians to demand leadership that prioritizes climate action, environmental conservation, and social justice. Only through bold and transformative policies can Florida hope to confront the challenges posed by climate change and secure a sustainable future for generations to come.

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  • George Kariuki

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    Floridians deserve leadership that values environmental sustainability and social justice.

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    • Munene Mugambi

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      This bill sets a harmful precedent, encouraging other states to deprioritize climate action, risking environmental health and undermining efforts to combat climate change nationwide. Bad policy

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      • Joseph Githinji

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        @munene_mugambi A state that doesn't prioritise climate conservation is an enemy to our planet, this is unacceptable.

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        • Videlis Eddie

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          @munene_mugambi It is a very bad policy indeed and it should not even see the light of day... it is so backward

        • Jane Wangui

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          This is absurd..such kind of leaders should be voted out and new ones elected that will help us save our planet.

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          • Munene Mugambi

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            @jane_wangui of course they should be voted out, though do the citizens of Florida think so or are they in agreement with such a backward move?

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            • Videlis Eddie

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              @jane_wangui Such leaders need to be thrown out all they prioritise is profits over the people they lead which is very dangerous

              • Videlis Eddie

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                @munene_mugambi This is good question... the residents of Florida should prove to the world that they don't support this by organizing demonstrations to call out this leaders

              • Elizabeth Gathigia

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                Very disappointing, with this kind of leadership will have alot of problems, they should be voted out

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                • Videlis Eddie

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                  @elizbeth_gathigia I agree... such leaders don't deserve any position of leading the people because clearly, they don't care about the people

                • Marine Stephan

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                  Once again, Florida's leaders prove that they don't care about people's future

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                  • Patrick Kiash

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                    @marine_stephan I wish they could confront an upfront challenge posed in front of them.

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                    • Videlis Eddie

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                      @marine_stephan Which is saddening ... they have their priorities upside down and indicate how messed up the administration is...

                      • Videlis Eddie

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                        @patrick_kiash It is unfortunate to see them using the Ostrich method of hiding the head in the sand when faced with a challenge instead of looking for ways to avert it

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                      • Edwin wangombe

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                        This is unacceptable... the government of Florida needs to reconsider this decision... this is climate change denial at the highest level... shame on the administration

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                        • Joseph Githinji

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                          @edwin_wangombe It is a great failure from the government of Florida that must be corrected before it is too late.

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                          • Videlis Eddie

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                            @edwin_wangombe It is clear evidence that the administration of Florida is filled with leaders who prescribe to climate denial... this is wrong

                            • Videlis Eddie

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                              @joseph_githinji Biden and other sobber-minded leaders should push for change ASAP

                            • walter lungayi

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                              So disappointing!! This move represent a retrogressive stance that jeopardizes environmental progress. This approach risks undermining efforts to mitigate climate risks and promote sustainable energy solutions within the state.

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                              • Joseph Githinji

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                                @walter_lungayi The government must recall this decision and purpose to enhance Sustainability.

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                                • Videlis Eddie

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                                  @joseph_githinji I thought the whole world was following the Clarion call to adopt sustainability and fight climate change but Florida and its administration just proved me wrong ... it's unacceptable

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                                  • Videlis Eddie

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                                    @walter_lungayi Well said... this whole thing will undermine the efforts the country is putting into fighting climate change

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                                  • Joseph Githinji

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                                    This is outrageous, how can the government of Florida overlook climate change issue when it is a grave matter around the globe, this is unacceptable.

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                                    • Munene Mugambi

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                                      @joseph_githinji They are putting other unimportant needs before the necessary requirements of environmental protection. This should not be allowed

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                                      • Videlis Eddie

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                                        @joseph_githinji It is unacceptable indeed... that is why these leadership positions should be given to people who care about the planet

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                                        • Videlis Eddie

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                                          @munene_mugambi Such is madness... its time for them to reconsider and put their priorities right with climate change being on the top of the list... shame on Florida

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