Monday, March 8, 2021

Bad Energy Bills Coming Up on Tuesday - Take Action Now!

 Use your voice! .

We need you to make calls to Senators in the Regulated Industries Committee and to Representatives in the Tourism, Infrastructure & Energy Subcommittee.  All the info is below.




 What to say when you call the SENATORS below: .


Make these calls before 5pm on Monday, March 8!


“Hello!  My name is ______.  I’m calling to ask Senator _____ to vote NO on Senate Bill 856 and 1128 during the Regulated Industries Committee on Tuesday morning.


Even with the updates made in the amendments, these bad bills are still extremely broad.  They would eliminate home rule and our ability to transition to clean, renewable energy.  We deserve to say how our community is powered.  Please don’t take away our ability to mitigate climate change at the local level.


Please vote NO on SB 856 and 1128.  Thank you!”


Do you live in one of the 11 cities that have made 100% clean energy commitments (Tallahassee, Gainesville, Orlando, Satellite Beach, Dunedin, Largo, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and South Miami)?  Let them know!


  1. Senator Ed Hooper: (850) 487-5016

  2. Senator Darryl Rouson: (850) 487-5019

  3. Senator Linda Stewart: (850) 487-5013

  4. Senator Lauren Book: (850) 487-5032

  5. Senator Joe Gruters: (850) 487-5023

  6. Senator Kathleen Passidomo: (850) 487-5028





 What to say when you call the REPRESENTATIVES below: .


Make these calls before 11am, Tuesday, March 9!


“Hello!  My name is ______.  I’m calling to ask Representative _____ to vote NO on House Bill 839 during the Tourism, Infrastructure & Energy Subcommittee meeting on Tuesday afternoon.


Even with the updates made in the Proposed Committee Substitute, this bad bill is still extremely broad.  It would eliminate our ability to transition to clean, renewable energy by taking away home rule.  We deserve to say how our community is powered.  Please don’t take away our ability to mitigate climate change at the local level.


Please vote NO on HB 839.  Thank you!”


Do you live in one of the 11 cities that have made 100% clean energy commitments (Tallahassee, Gainesville, Orlando, Satellite Beach, Dunedin, Largo, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and South Miami)?  Let them know!


Priority calls:

  1. Representative Linda Chaney: (850) 717-5069

  2. Representative Randy Fine: (850) 717-5053

  3. Representative Fiona McFarland: (850) 717-5072

  4. Representative Dana Trabulsy: (850) 717-5084

  5. Representative Emily Slosberg: (850) 717-5091

  6. Representative Kamia Brown: (850) 717-5045

  7. Representative Tracie Davis: (850) 717-5013

  8. Representative Kelly Skidmore: (850) 717-5081

  9. Representative Dotie Joseph: (850) 717-5108


Have time to make more calls?  These are lower priority, but still important!

  1. Representative Jason Shoaf: (850) 717-5007

  2. Representative Jayer Williamson: (850) 717-5003

  3. Representative David Silvers: (850) 717-5087

  4. Representative James Buchanan: (850) 717-5074

  5. Representative Clay Yarborough: (850) 717-5012

  6. Representative Chip LaMarca: (850) 717-5093

  7. Representative Brad Drake: (850) 717-5005

  8. Representative Mike Beltran: (850) 717-5057

  9. Representative Rick Roth: (850) 717-5085




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If you want more info, dive in!  Remember, you don’t need to be an expert in order to take action.  Making the phone call is the most important part.

 

 The Problems with SB 856 / HB 839: .

  • Broad, retroactive preemption bill

  • Prevents municipalities and counties from regulating new energy infrastructure in any way whatsoever, including clean renewables and dirty fossil fuels

  • Devastates bargaining power and could interfere with ongoing contracts in pursuit of energy conversion goals

  • Negates the immense amount of staff, volunteer, and constituent time that went into crafting, passing, and implementing more than 11 clean energy ordinances/resolutions


 More background information on this issue: .

  • The sponsors filed a “strike all amendment” to their own bills.  Meaning they essentially substituted a new bill in place of the old one.  The “new” bill is still extremely broad, retroactive, and overall terrible.  It still has the effect of preventing municipalities and counties from regulating electricity.

  • There are several other bad energy preemptions bills, too: SB 1128/HB 919, SB 1236/HB 617, and SB 1008/HB 761.

  • House Speaker Sprowls and Governor Ron DeSantis have a new push for sea level rise adaptation.  While this is an important and worthy pursuit, they refuse to address the cause of climate change: greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time these bills will prevent local communities from tackling the problem.

  • We cannot “adapt” our way out of climate change.  We have to address the cause by reducing emissions of greenhouse gasses.  Our cities and counties are ready to do their part, but state leadership wants to eliminate this option, and instead extend our reliance on fossil fuels.


This Action Alert post will be updated as bills progress, so save this link!


Want to keep tabs on this slate of bad energy bills?  Check out this document, or track bills here.


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