ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Despite objection from utility and business interests, the Florida Energy Commission has pushed forward a plan
slashing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
It was a slightly watered down version of the same plan Governor Charlie Crist unveiled in July. The recommendation to the Legislature requires polluters to reduce emissions to 2000 levels by 2020, to 1990 levels by 2030 and to 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2050. Crist's plan would have allowed three fewer years to meet the first goal and five fewer years to achieve 1990 levels.
The vote came after a consultant hired by the Florida Chamber of
Commerce said Crist's recommendations would devastate the economy.
Anne Smith, with Washington D.C.-based CRA International, says Florida would lose more than 700,000 jobs in the next 43 years and billions in production under Crist's order.