Sierra Club seeks vetoes from Gov. DeSantis

The environmentalists want HB 433 and HB 1645 to be rejected by the executive branch.

An environmental group is targeting two pieces of legislation that passed in 2024, hoping that Gov. Ron DeSantis will stop the bills from becoming law.

While it’s unclear what he will do, given he condemned the “far-left” Sierra Club after it failed him on a “report card” last year, these objections are nonetheless noted

Sierra is taking issue with HB 433, which the group contends “would preempt local governments’ ability to pass protections for workers in extreme heat at a time when climate change is pushing record temperatures higher year after year.”

Sierra Club Florida Political Director Luigi Guadarrama notes that “DeSantis himself has admitted that ‘Florida’s economic success is tied to our environment,’ yet the legislature continues to produce bills that threaten the well-being of both. We cannot and will not ignore the devastating impact that this bill will have on our economy and the health of hard-working Floridians.”

Sierra Club Florida Executive Committee Chair James Scott adds that the “cost of inaction on climate change is ethically intolerable and economically unsustainable. Preventing local governments from taking action will cost Floridians their paychecks and their lives. While big business and big-government Tallahassee legislators may choose to ignore that, Florida won’t.”

The Sierra Club also seeks a veto of HB 1645, “Energy Resources.”

They take issue with preemptions against local action in the bill, including discouraging electric vehicle purchases, reducing local input and review on gas pipelines, striking clean renewable energy grants, and banning wind energy.

“Eliminating the few genuine, clean, renewable energy grant programs in the state and at the same time providing cost recovery for the gas industry is a slap in the face of hard working Floridians. It is not our responsibility to prop up large out-of-state corporations with higher bills each month,” Guadarrama said.

 “Why would we trade the ability to set Florida on the right track and prioritize pumping toxic greenhouse gasses into our homes and throughout our communities? People should have a say on whether or not to let that into their neighborhoods,” Scott added.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


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  • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

    March 9, 2024 at 6:42 pm

    Good evening Florida,
    I, Earl Pitts American, have been in High Level Consultations with the Powers That Be in The Great State of Florida, regarding The Dook 4 Brains Leftist Organization [The Sierra Club’s] request for vetos.
    After much contimplation we have drafted an “All Inclusive Reply”.
    “HEII TO THE NO”!!!!
    Have a great evening and Relax Your Sphincters Florida,
    Earl Pitts American

  • tom palmer

    March 10, 2024 at 12:55 pm

    The bottom line of the Sierra veto requests is that Florida can do better on labor and energy policies and is choosing not to do so.

  • Time for cities to start flouting bad laws

    March 13, 2024 at 3:58 am

    Florida is being held hostage and the ransom is due. It’s high time for municipalities to stand up and do whatever the h3ll they want to do and let the state try and come after them. Yeah I know there are consequences but it’s funny what happens when you back people up in a corner so far they’ve got nothing left to lose. Just once I’d like to see some cojones from city leaders who say enough.

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