Environment

Climate change activists rally in support of the Green New Deal in Los Angeles in May 2019. (AP Photo / Richard Vogel) Recently, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) rejected calls for a presidential primary debate dedicated to climate change. DNC chair Tom Perez argued that focusing on climate change alone would be unfair to those whose […]

When it comes to saving the planet and humanity from climate crisis, there is no time for “middle ground.” That was the gist of a slew of reactions Friday after Reuters reported that the climate change policy currently being drafted by Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign is “a middle ground approach” that backs some fossil fuel options and curtails […]

Despite political promises on the campaign trail about solving the massive red tide outbreaks that littered Florida’s shores with dead sea creatures and scared away tourists last year, the state Legislature ended up passing a bill that sets up a task force to study the perennial problem. The bill specifically names the private Mote Marine […]

Hats off to Southwest Florida Congressman Francis Rooney for pressing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies to tell the public what it knows about the threat of toxic blue-green algae. Finally, a public official is focusing attention on our public-health crisis, particularly in Southwest Florida. The dead fish that piled […]

TODAY, THE INTERCEPT launches “A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” a seven-minute film narrated by the congresswoman and illustrated by Molly Crabapple. Set a couple of decades from now, it’s a flat-out rejection of the idea that a dystopian future is a forgone conclusion. Instead, it offers a thought experiment: What if we decided […]

Environmental activists and advocacy groups praised Sen. Elizabeth Warren Monday after she promised that if she is elected president in 2020, she will ban new fossil fuel extraction leases for federally controlled lands and waters. “America’s public lands belong to all of us. We should start acting like it—expanding access, ending fossil fuel extraction, leveraging […]

Newly appointed Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt is the latest member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet to come under investigation by his own agency’s watchdog. The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General on Monday confirmed that it has opened an investigation into allegations of conflict of interest and other violations during Bernhardt’s tenure as the […]

And on Capitol Hill, Democratic lawmakers grilled Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan Tuesday over the bank’s practices of predatory lending, misleading and defrauding customers, and its relationship to the NRA, private prisons and the fossil fuel industry. California congressmember and Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters called Wells Fargo “a recidivist financial institution.” After the hearing, she told […]

Youth climate activists as young as 7 years old confronted California Senator Dianne Feinstein last week in San Francisco, demanding she sign on to the Green New Deal. We speak with 12-year-old Rio and his sister, 10-year-old Magdalena, who were among the protesters who spoke to Senator Feinstein. They are members of Earth Guardians San […]

Real economic responsibility means sustaining the communities and physical resources on which society is built In the coming days, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, plans to hold a vote on the Green New Deal resolution recently introduced by congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Edward Markey (D-MA). Despite polls showing broad bipartisan support for a Green New […]

After eight years of sponsoring legislation designed to undermine water resource regulations, Representative Matt Caldwell’s trail of stench ended with his recent loss to Nikki Fried for Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Never has one elected official so blatantly sold out his community and left a legacy of destruction of our precious and fragile […]

In Florida, Republicans have held the Governor’s office and both chambers of the Legislature for over 20 years and there is little tension between them. Major policy shifts have occurred with little or no dissent from either branch, especially in the last 8 years: Water pollution regulation was de-funded, unenforced, or eliminated altogether Florida Forever’s […]

(CNN)My Florida absentee ballot had been sitting on my kitchen counter unopened for more than two weeks. Every day, I avoided it as if it was a Zika-infected mosquito. I finally filled it out, and then I schlepped it in my bag for a few more days before putting it in the mail. I was […]

We have four days until Election Day, and there is so much you can do to win the day for Andrew Gillum. You can let your fingers do the clicking, pick up your phone, or you can hit the streets! First, use these graphics to show your support on social media print out your own posters. Be creative […]

Why vote AGAINST DeSantis? DeSantis on the environment: He advocates for more research, not tough regulation and direct action to address red tide He’s afraid to be a “climate change believer” and an “alarmist” He thinks the state can’t help coastal cities and counties protect property from climate change and  sea level rise He supports […]

SIESTA KEY — With red tide now encircling the state, Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum came to one of the hardest-hit regions Tuesday to lay out his environmental plan and bash his opponent as an “election year” environmentalist. Speaking under a pavilion at Siesta Key Public Beach within sight of where fish killed by the toxic red […]

The recent full page ad written by Robert Buker, Jr, CEO and President of U.S. Sugar, concerning the Lake Okeechobee watershed suggests that in Florida nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes and the Sugar Industry continuing to deny any culpability or responsibility for the devastating impacts of harmful algae blooms on […]

Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum released his environmental policy last week, and it differs markedly from his Republican opponent Ron DeSantis in many respects, including one very unique one: Gillum pledges to go after the polluters who are causing Florida’s disastrous water contamination. It’s unusual to hear any Florida politician say we need to […]

One is backed by President Donald Trump, the other has Sen. Bernie Sanders’ support. Nate Chute, IndyStar On the campaign trail, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum often claims to have a stronger environmental record than Republican opponent Ron DeSantis. Gillum supports banning fracking, talks about climate change solutions and bashes corporate polluters, including the sugar industry. He says […]

Every candidate for federal and state office in Florida should be unequivocal in opposing oil drilling off the coast and crystal clear in supporting a permanent extension to the federal ban on drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. But the Republican candidates for governor and U.S. Senate are offering superficial opposition to drilling without […]

TALLAHASSEE — The Rick Scott who’s running for the U.S. Senate in 2018 often bears only a hazy resemblance to the newcomer who burst on the scene and became governor of Florida eight years ago. On a wide range of issues, Scott has shifted positions to adapt to changing political times, defying the conventional wisdom […]

Originally published on September 24, 2018 2:06 pm LISTEN TO INTERVIEW HERE Ray Judah was a Lee County Commissioner from 1988 to 2012. During that time, Judah was a staunch advocate for environmental issues, including being instrumental in the creation of the county’s land preservation program, Conservation 20/20, and the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed, or CREW. Since leaving office […]

The statewide Republican primary for Commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) resulted in candidate Matt Caldwell flying under the radar of the public’s heightened concern over the devastating impacts of harmful algae blooms on our environment and businesses. The Commissioner of FDACS holds a cabinet post and is very influential concerning policy […]

A coalition of environmental groups says Florida’s algae outbreaks and subsequent marine life die-offs are so severe that the Leon Circuit Court should immediately act to make sure Florida spends land conservation money the way voters directed it to four years ago. They filed a motion in court Wednesday to make that happen. In 2014, […]

Water managers look at new solution for Lake Okeechobee overflow in effort to keep it out of estuaries. Water managers are fast-tracking plans to dispose of Lake Okeechobee overflow by pumping it 3,000 feet underground, agreeing to spend $10 million this week to build two deep injection wells in a test of the project’s viability. The so-called […]


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