BRADENTON, Fla. - In addition to pressures already taking their toll on Florida, such as the mortgage crisis and plummeting real estate sales, the state's economy could be further threatened by climate-change legislation, says a new report by Standard & Poor's.

Public utilities have struggled to keep pace with electricity demand from a fast-growing population and now state and federal legislation is expected to force Florida utilities to build more expensive generating facilities fueled by natural gas, according to the report by analyst Jeffrey Pangerreleased on Friday.

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