Protect Low-Income Communities by Addressing Climate Change

Target: Rick Scott, Governor of Florida

Goal: Raise government incentives for renewable energy development to avoid worsening income inequality and climate change impacts.

Climate change is projected to most significantly impact low-income communities in the Midwest and southeastern United States. Historically, these areas have relied heavily on fossil fuels and their transition to renewable energy has lagged far behind other regions in the country.

A study published in the journal Science projects an overall 20 percent reduction in economic activity due to worsening climate change by 2100. Extreme summer temperatures across states such as Arizona, Texas and Georgia is expected to damage vital agriculture and construction industries which employ significant numbers of low-income workers, while stretching power grids well beyond their capacity. Low-income individuals without access to or unable to afford air conditioning will also be most at-risk for health-related impacts.

Florida is one of the states most at-risk from climate change due to high year-round temperatures and significant low-lying population centers. Sea level rise threatens several coastal cities including Miami and Fort Lauderdale. However, even as the future risks have become increasingly well-known, state leadership has resisted adopting measures to encourage development of renewable energy. This comes despite having the third highest potential for solar energy production in the nation.

Solar energy development presents an opportunity to enter a surging market which will directly benefit from future increases in sunlit days. A corresponding phase-out of fossil fuels would help slow the overall rate of warming and threat to low-income communities. Please sign the below petition calling on the Governor of Florida to advocate transition to a clean energy future.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Scott,

I am writing to encourage your embrace of renewable energy development. Florida has yet to fully realize its enormous potential for solar energy production. This represents a missed opportunity to preserve economic growth and slow the rate of climate change.

As you are aware, Florida is at extreme risk from rising sea levels and summer temperatures. These impacts will directly harm your most vulnerable constituents, threaten coastal cities and discourage tourism. You have an opportunity to chart a course away from those dangers by advocating for transition to clean energy sources.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: National Parks Service

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One Comment

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    wasting fossil fuels are not renewable energy!

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