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Nikki Fried Unveils Sustainable Energy Legislative Package

Kathy Castor, Charlie Crist, Margaret Good on hand to support proposal.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Thursday unveiled a sustainable energy legislative package for the upcoming Legislative Session.

Florida’s only Democratic statewide elected official called for expansion of solar power, improvements to energy storage grids and a study of energy efficiency for all state facilities, among other sweeping measures.

“The science is clear that we have a cause and a crisis that is urgent,” Fried said. “We need action now, and we need to be taking it together.”

She held a news conference alongside U.S. Reps. Charlie Crist and Kathy Castor, as well as state Rep. Margaret Good, all  also Democrats.

There, Fried stressed the need for innovation in addressing and adapting to climate change.

She sourced numbers showing greenhouse emissions in Florida leaped 400 percent since 1950. Meantime, some 900 people a day move to Florida, putting greater demand on resources.

“Florida consumes 800,000 barrels of oil a day,” she said. “We have no choice but to make changes.”

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