Sustainability and environmental stewardship are major priorities of Ford & Ford. For over a century, we have lived and worked in this region that is home to Florida’s largest open-water estuary. On a personal level, we have experienced the arc of Tampa Bay’s decline and recovery through decades of growth, development, busts, and booms. In order that we might pass down to future generations the awe-inspiring natural habitats we love here in Florida and elsewhere around the world, we know that expertise and foresight are necessary to push our economy toward sustainable growth.
We know that the externalities of carbon emissions—runaway temperatures, sea-level rise, and ocean acidification—are not priced into the extraction, transportation, and consumption of carbon in the market. We know that this lack of pricing makes carbon artificially competitive and thereby distorts the behaviors of market actors—from the person filling up the tank of a family car to the commissioner approving the next carbon-based power plant.
We understand the heavy inertia in favor of the status quo in power generation and consumption. Yet we know what needs to be done. There is nothing left but to do it. To that end, we are one of the first law firms in Florida to join We Are Still In, a national group of cities, states, businesses, and universities representing more than 154 million Americans and $9.46 trillion of the U.S. economy committed to tackling climate change, promoting a clean energy future, and upholding the carbon reduction goals of the Paris Agreement.
We are combining the best practices of our firm and the private market decisions of our personal lives to contribute to the solutions our vulnerable coastal community needs. While some incumbent industries spend time and money attempting to capture legislative and regulatory bodies at the state and federal level, we believe that other firms can send market signals strong enough to overcome cash distortions of the public will. This firm will do what we have always done—lead toward progress by example. To do our part, Ford & Ford has committed to the following actions in support of America’s goals under the Paris Agreement:
Our firm is eager to advise you and your company regarding commercial/residential solar power development, commercial/residential battery storage, and land acquisition and permitting for electric vehicle infrastructure development. We invite you to read more about the backgrounds and experience of our attorneys to see how we can contribute our minds and our values toward helping your business stay competitive in the 21st century.
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