Climate-induced weather disasters last year included record wildfires in the West and a record hurricane season. Here, smoke plumes and hurricane clouds are visible. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
Florida cities that want to cut ties with oil and gas and convert to clean energy will not be able to do so if Gov. Ron DeSantis signs House Bill 919 into law.
Florida Congresswoman Kathy Castor, chair of the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and others are pressing DeSantis to veto the bill, which was approved by the Legislature over Democratic dissent.
HB 919 prohibits local governing boards from “enacting or enforcing a resolution, ordinance, rule, code, or policy, or take any other action that restricts or prohibits”