Clean energy plans stalled in Florida legislature

The Miami HeraldApril 5, 2010 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In the last legislative session before his death, state Sen. Jim King tirelessly pushed for an energy compromise to reduce the amount of dirty fuel the state uses to produce electricity.

He called it ``visionary'' and predicted it would spawn jobs in the growing alternative-fuel industry. It passed in the state Senate, 37-1, but died in the House.

This year, environmentalists and clean-energy companies are urging the revival of the Jacksonville senator's vision from 2009. But with four weeks left of the legislative session, the prospects have vanished for a renewable-energy standard that would force the state to clean up the way it produces power. The momentum instead is with ideas that would turn the clock back two years, to the days before the green-energy movement in Florida gained strength.

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