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Advocate: Fla. can lead on energy: Front & Center

Advocate: Fla. can lead on energy: Front & Center

Last year the Obama administration began a regulatory push to slash power plants' emissions of carbon dioxide, which scientists say is a primary culprit behind global warming. Obama chose to highlight Florida's vulnerability to rising sea levels from higher temperatures with a visit this year to the Everglades on Earth Day. Florida would be forced to cut its CO2 emissions 38 percent by 2030 under the president's Clean Power Plan. Critics argue the plan's mandates would throttle the U.S. economy. A dozen states have filed suit to block the plan. But Kenneth Kimmel, president of the Union of Concerned Scientistsand a former chief environmental regulator in Massachusetts,...