But none of this information was made clear to voters by power companies during their campaign for the ballot initiative. Utility companies gained support for Amendment 1 by falsely claiming the ballot initiative would make it easier for people to switch to solar power in Florida. Amendment 1 misleads Florida voters by promising rights and protections Florida citizens already have, including the right to purchase or lease solar equipment.
Opposition to Amendment 1 consists of a diverse and bipartisan group of 70 businesses, industry associations, conservative groups, faith communities, clean energy advocates and environmental organizations. Floridian icons, bipartisan elected officials, candidates for office, and 24 newspaper editorial boards have also urged Florida voters to vote "no" on Amendment 1.
"The fight against amendment one and the fight to protect rooftop solar in Florida is an environmental issue and a justice issue," said Jennifer Allen, Vice President and National Director, Chispa, at the League of Conservation Voters. "Latino neighborhoods and families are the most impacted by pollution and the first impacted by climate change, but yet we're often excluded from the processes where decisions are made about the health of our communities. On November 8th, we have a chance to speak up and protect the clean energy future that our communities need."
"Communities of color on the ground in Florida are waking up to the deceptive tactics of the utility lobby to kill solar in Florida," said Yulissa Arce, Central Florida Director for Organize NOW. "We are seeing them speak up and mobilize against the harmful impact of fossil fuels on the environment and on Latino and African American neighborhoods."
Aliki Moncrief, Executive Director of Florida Conservation Voters, said, "Amendment 1 is a wolf in sheep's clothing designed to trick voters into keeping the utilities' monopoly on our energy. Latinos, African-Americans, everyone – we must unite as one Florida for a clean energy future and vote no on 1."
"I stand in solidarity with Floridians during this tough and dirty fight," said former Nevada Assemblywoman, Senior Political Strategist at MiTú, Lucy Flores. "I've seen firsthand the devastating effects of letting the utility lobby write your state's solar policy. Nevada has seen a near 100% drop off in solar installations and lost thousands of much needed jobs. I hope this serves as an example and a warning to Florida's voters to vote no on 1."
For a recording of today's press call announcing the campaign, contact Daniel Herrera at email@example.com
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SOURCE Florida Conservation Voters