By: Mayors Cindy Lerner and Jim Cason

 

Late last year, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi joined a lawsuit suing the EPA to stop the Clean Power Plan (CPP) from being enacted. Since then, the Supreme Court has issued a stay on implementation of the plan that would place the nation’s first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Bondi claims it’s what the people of Florida want, yet the numbers prove the contrary.

A poll conducted by Bloomberg Philanthropies and Forward Intelligence last week found that 73 percent of Florida voters support the CPP. which reveals Bondi is dramatically out of sync with her constituents. Billions of dollars in coastal real estate, fragile ecosystems like the Everglades, and the vital economic engine of tourism make climate action plans like the CPP more crucial than ever.

We’ve taken it upon ourselves to act locally. In Pinecrest, we’ve established a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) district, where we help qualified homeowners invest in specified energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. In Coral Gables, we’re conducting vulnerability assessments of key infrastructure to mitigate the risks of climate change.

But we’ve also joined more than 50 cities – including 23 local governments in states where attorney generals are suing the EPA – in signing an amicus brief endorsing the CPP because cities can’t combat climate change alone. We are counting on the federal government to create a path for making real reductions in carbon pollution. Reducing the EPA’s authority to impose carbon pollution limits on power plants will undercut our efforts.

While we’re doing everything we can to support CPP’s goals, our state leadership is doing everything they can to halt progress. It’s time for Ms. Bondi to stand with Florida voters – not against us – and back the Clean Power Plan.

CINDY LERNER, MAYOR,

PINECREST

JIM CASON, MAYOR,

CORAL GABLES