Lowering Florida's Carbon Footprint


Those plumes of smoke you see at power plants could soon be a thing of the past.

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed cutting carbon dioxide emissions from the nation's power plants by 30% by the year 2030.

Opponents call the Obama administration's plan a 50 billion dollar overreach that'll cost nearly one million people their jobs.

The EPA administrator says the changes can't come fast enough.

As for Florida, carbon emissions in the sunshine state would be cut by about a third under the plan.

But are people willing to go green and give up things that rely so heavily on all for the sake of the environment?

"I need my car for everything. Whether it's to go grocery shopping, to pick up a few items to cook with. I need my car to go to school," Ryan Strother of Tallahassee said.

Ryan Strother says her car is a necessity but she is willing to make some sacrifices. She just wants to see some changes first.

"I would hope for a better, safer bus station because you know me just being a young female it is kind of scary out there but first safety. And then I'd be interested in the buses and sometimes in the future a train station," Strother said.

The city of Tallahassee is thinking green, too. It's already installed bike boxes and has a GreenPrint plan for a more sustainable future.

But some people we talked to say it's just not feasible to go green or make other sacrifices.

"It's more convenient to have a car. You know, I have to take them [my kids] to school, go shopping, especially when you have three of them," Eric Clines of Tallahassee said.

Others are thinking two wheels, as in electric bicycles. One business is working to bring them to Tallahassee.

"Every day you use this e-bike you're going to be able to keep CO2 from being released," Fabio Vargas of Principals in Efficient Systems LCC said.

If the EPA's announcement Monday could mean anything, going green may no longer be a choice but an obligation.

The state is required to set a plan to meet the goal.

Florida currently gets about 20% its energy from coal.


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