Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund (SACE Action Fund), the political arm of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), is a non-partisan, non-profit (c4) organization striving to make clean energy solutions to climate change a top priority for our region’s elected leaders. SACE Action Fund engages in public education, legislative action and electoral accountability here in the Southeast.
There is an urgent need to address climate change impacts and unlock untapped renewable energy resources to create new jobs, energy stability and reduce pollution. Even though the elections of 2014 sent more opponents of climate action to Washington and to our state capitols, the majority of Americans believe that climate change is real and that humans are causing it, and they support clean energy solutions in overwhelming numbers.
We work throughout the region to engage concerned citizens and decision makers about energy policy, but few states are as critical to the discussion as Florida.
As the nation’s fourth most populous state (soon to become the third most populous, surpassing New York), Florida is the largest electricity market in the United States that does not have coherent energy policy. Florida’s actions on clean energy and climate can and will impact the climate debate in our country and potentially international policy. The state also has a lot to lose from inaction on the issue: the impact of sea level rise and increasingly powerful storm surges threaten millions of Floridians who live in low-lying areas, not to mention the effect on the state’s two biggest industries, tourism and agriculture. In Florida, and throughout the Southeast, we must ask the Governor and other elected officials ”‘What’s Your Plan, Governor, to address climate change?” and ”What’s your plan to make our state a leader in renewable energy?”