Clean energy advocate says new legislation falls short

05/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
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The Florida Legislature returns to Tallahassee tomorrow; the budget is expected to be approved on Friday.

With the regular session now over, one of Gov. Charlie Crist’s top priorities has died with it. The governor wanted a law that would require power companies to generate 20 percent of their electricity through clean sources by 2020.

The Senate was able to pass a measure (SB 1154) led by the efforts of Jacksonville Republican Jim King, but the House refused to consider it, to the dismay of environmentalists.

Gerry Karnas is the state climate project director with the Environmental Defense Fund. He calls the lack of a bill perplexing.

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