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2.02.2008

Florida's Governor Supports Green Energy as a Strong and Growing Economic Sector

Florida's Governor Crist proposed some important items in his proposed state budget that are already being challenged by the Republican leadership in the House.

It's disappointing to note that the neighboring county newspaper in Wakulla, presented more information and details than did the local Tallahassee Democrat.

The Democrat's half-sentence read "$200 million for renewable energy programs." The inclusion of funding in the budget would, however support the policies that the Governor has previously set out in his July 2007, executive orders related to Florida's actions to address climate change and global warming.

This post details the Governor's policies regarding the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency and moving Florida forward as a leader in the development of green energy technologies.

Of importance also is that renewable energy is being included as a "targeted economic development industry." With this designation comes visibility through Enterprise Florida for attracting and potentially funding renewable energy businesses that they would not have access to without this designation. Targeted industry designation is used to support the expansion of existing Florida businesses and to attract new development. This designation would identify green energy technology as a "strong and growing economic sector."


The Democrat did include mention that the Governor did not propose cuts to the $100 million to continue the Everglades restoration including the cleanup of Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers, all important environmental components. His budget also proposes to restore $8 million to a water resources development program that was cut in October.

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