"DeSantis Signs Bill Scrubbing ‘Climate Change’ From Florida Law"

"Climate advocates said the bill is a bid for national attention from a Republican governor eager to use global warming as a culture war issue".

"Florida will eliminate climate change as a priority in making energy policy decisions, despite the threats it faces from powerful hurricanes, extreme heat and worsening toxic algae blooms.

On Wednesday, the state’s governor, Ron DeSantis, signed the legislation, which is set to go into effect on July 1. The measure also removes most references to climate change in state law, bans offshore wind turbines in state waters and weakens regulations on natural gas pipelines.

“The legislation I signed today [will] keep windmills off our beaches, gas in our tanks, and China out of our state,” the governor said, according to the DeSantis-friendly outlet Florida’s Voice, which was the first to report that he had signed the bill. “We’re restoring sanity in our approach to energy and rejecting the agenda of the radical green zealots.”"

Anna Phillips reports for the Washington Post May 15, 2024.

Source: Washington Post, 05/16/2024