Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was furious at this move by Florida to stop the Green New Deal

Feb 14, 2024

The extreme climate change agenda is being pushed at every level of government. 

Even Republican states aren’t safe from the policies of the Green New Deal.

And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was furious at this move by Florida to stop the Green New Deal.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has turned the Sunshine State into the model of effective conservative governance under his leadership.

One legacy of capitulation to Democrats on climate change by previous Republican governors and state legislators is about to be changed. 

A pair of Republican state legislators are trying to rid Florida’s state law of commitments to fight climate change that were put in place more than a decade ago.

Republican State Senator Jay Collins and Republican State Representative Bobby Payne introduced companion bills in their respective chambers to remove references to “climate change” in state law and eliminate addressing it as part of Florida’s energy policy.

It repeals a section of the state’s energy policy that deals with “the potential of global climate change.”

The bill intends to make Florida’s energy policy more effective and focus it on creating an “adequate, reliable, and cost-effective supply of energy.”

It also requires the Florida Public Service Commission to investigate the potential to use “advanced nuclear power technologies.”

Homeowners’ associations would be prevented from banning certain sources of energy and appliances, like gas stoves, that become a target under President Joe Biden and Green New Deal supporting politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

A laundry list of green energy and climate change programs would get the axe if the bill is approved including the Florida Green Government Grants Act, the Renewable Energy and Energy-Efficient Technologies Grant Program, the Energy Economic Zone Pilot Program, and the Qualified Energy Conservation Bond Allocation.

A current state requirement that hotels and conference centers that receive contracts from state agencies be designated as “Green Lodging” would be repealed.

Accommodations earn “Green Lodging” status if they meet certain energy and water conservation standards.

Government agencies and local governments would no longer be required to use the most fuel-efficient vehicle for official government use.

Payne said that the country has spent billions without results on “a climate change initiative and ideology that is unfitting for our country.”

“Our country would not be where it is today without fossil fuels,” Payne said in a committee debate. 

The bill has the support of House Speaker Paul Renner, which increases its odds of passing.

Even in the increasingly red state of Florida, there is still a legacy of bad climate change policies favored by Democrats.

DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.


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