Month: July 2018

The harmful blue green algae bloom that has plagued Lee County waters is directly attributable to irresponsible government oversight on the timing and volume of water released from Lake Okeechobee and excessive nutrients, sediments and toxic brew of insecticides, pesticides and fungicides released from sugar cane fields into the Lake. The South Florida Water Management […]

The state has six projects on private ranch land and former citrus groves to serve as water storage and treatment areas. Thriving ranch land in the belly of the Indian Prairie Basin will soon be a pool of nutrient-bombed water as Florida looks at temporary fixes for the algae woes of Lake Okeechobee and the northern […]

There’s a lot of concern about what that nasty, blue-green algae can do to our health, and it’s getting the attention of our political leaders. Senator Bill Nelson campaigned in North Fort Myers Friday, hosting a roundtable with environmentalists and health care leaders about the toxic blooms. One of those neighbors is Linda Jones, she […]

Discussion of algal blooms on the Caloosahatchee River took a decidedly political turn at a roundtable hosted by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in North Fort Myers. Braced for a tight re-election fight where he faces a challenge from Republican Gov. Rick Scott, the three-term senator put the onus of the green-algae problem on poor state leadership. “Rick Scott has systematically dismembered […]

As President Trump prepares to meet with Vladimir Putin, his Justice Department says it can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Russian president has been lying about his country’s involvement in the 2016 election hacking. The indictment Friday morning of 12 Russian military intelligence officials in connection with the 2016 election hacks and the resulting distribution […]

Florida legislators stole funds earmarked for conservation to pay for salaries and agency-operating expenses. On behalf of millions of Floridians, Earthjustice fought back—and we just won. Update, 6/20/18: In a victory for Earthjustice and millions of Florida voters, a judge ruled last week that the voters clearly intended for the several hundreds of millions of dollars […]

For decades, the Big Brown Power Plant was one of the largest sources of sulfur dioxide pollution in the United States and one of the nation’s top five mercury emitters. Not anymore. The Sierra Club Dallas Group and the Club’s Beyond Coal campaign rejoiced along with other environmental organizations when the east Texas coal-fired power […]

As officials scrambled in recent weeks to catch up and respond to an unfolding water calamity both east and west of Lake Okeechobee — dangerous blue-green algae have infected waters reaching the Indian Lagoon near Stuart on the Atlantic, and Pine Island Sound near Sanibel Island on the Gulf of Mexico — residents or tourists […]

Diane Roberts It’s shocking how Adam Putnam doesn’t get the respect he so richly deserves. The man has something like $37 million in his campaign account. As Commissioner of Agriculture, he’s got name recognition less accomplished politicos can only dream of, what with “Adam H. Putnam” emblazoned on every gas pump from Chumuckla to Miami […]

The migrant crisis signals an end to one era for the GOP—and the terrifying start of a new one. Sitting in the Cabinet Room on Wednesday, surrounded by a largely white, male group of Republican lawmakers and administration officials, President Trump attempted to defuse a bomb of his own making. “We have compassion, we want […]

What are some common misconceptions that people have about clean energy? This question was originally answered on Quora by Yogi Goswami. Answer by Yogi Goswami, Director, Clean Energy Research Center, USF, on Quora: What are some common misconceptions that people have about clean energy? I will make an attempt to discuss some misconceptions, but I am sure I […]

The press has had enough and they are saying no more to the coverage of Donald Trump’s rallies, as a consensus is growing that the President’s ramblings in front of his followers aren’t newsworthy. Video of Vox’s Ezra Klein and CNN’s Brian Stelter discussing this on Reliable Sources. Klein said, “Yes, it is all shocking and […]

It’s a recurring nightmare, but this year’s early algae bloom could signal one of the worst summers yet   PORT MAYACA, Fla. — Rain, heat and pollutants have caused an outbreak of toxic algae blooms, which can cause health problems. Now, lawmakers in Florida want the governor to declare a state of emergency over an algae problem at […]

President Trump joked about the #MeToo movement Thursday, making light of the international campaign against sexual assault during a wide-ranging speech in which he also took aim at a potential 2020 White House opponent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). At a rally in Great Falls, Mont., Trump deployed his familiar nickname of “Pocahontas” for Warren, which […]

US judges have been operating mass trials, which dozens of defendants are charged and sentenced in one go, for border immigration cases since 2005 as part of “Operation Streamline.” Such scenes have increased lately because of the rolling out of Trump’s “”zero-tolerance” policy on immigration. Source: Leaked photo shows 37 accused unauthorized immigrants at mass […]

In the Crazy Town political atmosphere we now inhabit, you can get whiplash trying to follow the bouncing slime balls. Or, in this case, tar balls. Because when it comes to bizarre politics, look no further than the Florida coast and the prospect of oil rigs offshore. The latest drama started at the first of […]

Welcome to the debut of a new media voice in the state capital – The Florida Phoenix. Our slogan, quality journalism for critical times, could not be more apropos this week, as we mourn the loss of five journalists senselessly gunned down in their Maryland newsroom – including Rob Hiaasen, a member of a fine Florida […]

The fracking boom is flooding the world with Ziploc bags, ketchup packets, and single-use spoons. Source: Infographic: How the Oil Industry Is Pushing Plastic by Enkhbayar Munkh-Erdene and Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz — YES! Magazine

(CNN) Breaking with their House Republican counterparts, the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday that the intelligence community properly concluded in January of last year that Russian President Vladimir Putin was trying to help Donald Trump when Moscow meddled in the 2016 election. The Senate panel released a summary Tuesday of its examination of the intelligence community’s […]

Rachel Maddow exposed how the Trump/Putin relationship has now consumed the Republican Party, and what it looks like Putin has taken ownership of the GOP. Maddow said: We don’t know why ahead of that summit, he is working to tick off all of America’s Western allies, and rushing to tick off every foreign policy box […]

Gov. Rick Scott met with a member of President Donald Trump’s administration and struck a deal to remove Florida from a list of states proposed for more offshore oil drilling. “As a result of our interest in making sure that there’s no drilling here, Florida will be taken off the table,” Scott said Jan. 9th, after meeting […]

A new ad in Florida’s hotly contested Senate race portrays a clear distinction between Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican opponent Gov. Rick Scott when it comes to their record on offshore oil drilling. The ad accuses the term-limited governor of supporting offshore drilling even after the BP oil spill and claims that Scott’s […]

Fox News host Harris Faulkner argued on Monday that President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is no longer “credible” after he suggested that he would cooperate with investigators. In an interview with ABC News, Cohen seemed to back off his earlier claim that he is willing to “take a bullet” for the president. […]

Blame America. Canadians have taken to practicing pocketbook diplomacy in defense of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is caught in a trade war of words with President Trump, by boycotting American goods and canceling vacations to the United States, according to a report. Shoppers are shunning Kentucky bourbon, California wine and Florida oranges, and avoiding American […]

Lake Okeechobee, Florida’s liquid heart, is once again exploding with a massive algae bloom, a deepening crisis that threatens to slime both coasts in what has become a recurring summer nightmare. This week, thick green blooms the consistency of a sickening smoothie seeped down the rural Caloosahatchee River toward the southwest coast. More ooze piled […]

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