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Lawmakers Ignore Renewable Energy Legislation

March 24th, 2009 by flanews

Legislation creating more renewable energy and lessening Floridas reliance on natural gas and oil is being ignored by lawmakers.

The bill creates incentives for people to install solar panels on their homes and businesses. Environmentalists and renewable energy workers rallied at the capitol today, asking lawmakers to put the legislation to a vote. Spokesman for the environmental Defense Fund Jerry Karnas said the legislation deserves a chance.

We understand that these are big issues, theyre complex issues and we may not win at the end of the day, but we want to be given the opportunity to at least state our case to get a bill moving and to allow the debate to proceed, said Karnes.

Governor Charlie Crist is backing the legislation but his stamp of approval isnt carrying as much weight as it did a year ago when bills the governor back were easily moved through the legislative process.

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