Florida Chamber of Commerce

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for Climate Policy Engagement
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Tallahassee, United States
Brands and Associated Companies:
Florida Chamber Foundation, Florida Chamber Safety Council

Climate Lobbying Overview: The Florida Chamber of Commerce (Florida Chamber) appears to have active, negative engagement with climate policy in Florida. The Florida Chamber appears generally unsupportive of climate regulation and has lobbied for policies in Florida that negatively impact rooftop solar power in Florida, restrict the rights of local governments to support electric vehicle infrastructure.

Top-Line Messaging on Climate Policy: The Florida Chamber has mostly negative top-line messaging on climate policy. In the Florida Chamber’s 2020 Where We Stand report the Florida Chamber appeared to not fully support government regulation to respond to climate change. In a March 2022 article published in “Florida’s Politics”, Florida Chamber representative David Acosta appeared to emphasize private sector solutions to climate change over government regulations. While speaking on a January 2021 interview with “The Invading Sea”, Charley Caulkins, Chairman of the Florida Chamber, delivered statements concerning climate change that left uncertainty around the Florida Chamber’s acceptance of the science of climate change.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: The Florida Chamber of Commerce expressed support for SB 1024 and HB 741, a set of bills that would remove the net metering subsidy on solar energy in Florida and also allow specific entities to prohibit the installation of solar infrastructure in their 2022 Legislative Report Card. The Florida Chamber also expressed support for the SB 1024 and HB 741 bills again in a weekly legislative update sent out to subscribers in March 2022, and then emphasized support for these policies again in a Comprehensive Legislative Update report in 2022. The Florida Chamber also disclosed directly engaging with policymakers in support of HB 741 in 2022 in a regulatory filing.

Positioning on Energy Transition: The Florida Chamber appears to have advocated for numerous policies that oppose a low-carbon energy mix transition, while supporting some policies to promote electric vehicle charging infrastructure. In the Florida Chamber’s 2021 Legislative Report Card the Florida Chamber encouraged support for SB 856 and HB 839, a set of bills that prohibit local governments from requiring fuel retailers to invest in specific fueling stations such as electric vehicle charging stations and also prohibits local regulations that restrict fuel retailers from siting or developing infrastructure such as pipelines and storage tanks. Support for SB 856 and HB 839 was also expressed in an April 2021 weekly legislative update report, and the Florida Chamber disclosed direct advocacy in support of HB 839 in a 2021 regulatory filing.

The Florida Chamber expressed support for SB 918 and SB 908, two policies that create programs to support the deployment of electric vehicle infrastructure funded by a new fee on electric vehicle ownership, in its 2022 comprehensive legislative update. In the same document, the Florida Chamber advocated for SB 140 and HB 819, two bills that would also generally expand electric vehicle infrastructure in Florida.

In 2022 the Florida Chamber also directly advocated in support for HB 1163, a bill that would provide tax benefits for infrastructure related to the use of hydrogen, but did not clarify the extent to which fossil fuels might be involved in the production of hydrogen. The Florida Chamber’s “Issues” page on its official website described an unclear position on the transition of the energy mix in November 2022.

InfluenceMap collects and assesses evidence of corporate climate policy engagement on a weekly basis, depending on the availability of information from each specific data source (for more information see our methodology). While this analysis flows through to the company’s scores each week, the summary above is updated periodically. This summary was last updated in Q4 2022.

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