Florida Utilities Drop Plans for Coal-Fired Power Plant

Tallahassee, FL (July 2, 2007)- A consortium of Florida utilities abandoned plans to construct the Taylor Energy Center, a controversial 800 megawatt coal-fired power plant, because of concerns about global warming. The decision was announced by Florida Governor Charlie Crist during a news conference where he promised to “identify specific actions” that Florida can take to address climate change. “We’ve got to have power. We know that,” Crist said. “But to continue to rely on foreign oil and coal, I don’t think is in the best interests of our state.”

The utilities’ decision was made after six months of meetings with Chris Kise, one of Crist’s top aides. Kise explained the governor’s concerns about climate change and the greenhouse gas emissions from coal burning plants. “They got a sense of where the governor’s leadership is on the environmental considerations,” said Kise. The four utilities involved in the Taylor County plant were “very receptive to the governor’s message about climate change,” Kise said. Taylor project spokesman Mark McCain said Kise didn’t tell anyone what to do, but “we shared information about the project and how it compares with other options.” As a result, he said, utilities officials realized that “climate change is becoming a major issue in Florida.”
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