Commentary: House needs to pass energy bill

A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would push the United States toward using cleaner energy and cap carbon emissions that cause global warming is set for a vote Friday. Florida's lawmakers should strongly support it.

When it comes to the ill effects of climate change, Florida is one of the nation's most vulnerable states. In a June report, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration outlined what Florida would be in for if no significant action is taken soon to curb the emissions that contribute to global warming:

The American Clean Energy and Security Act isn't perfect. Its Democratic architects, Reps. Henry Waxman of California and Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, have had to do plenty of horse trading to get it this far. But they have kept intact some key elements: a cap-and-trade program with the goal of reducing U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions 15 percent from 2005 levels by 2020 and 73 percent by 2050. Funding is provided for businesses to adapt to new technologies to attain the reduction goals through developing low-carbon technologies.

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