Climate Change

FL House, Senate leaders release rough outline for session on property insurance

BY: - December 6, 2022

The leaders of the Florida House and Senate have formally called a special session for next week to try to prop up the property insurance market and provide tax relief to people whose homes are uninhabitable because of hurricane damage. House Speaker Paul Renner and Senate President Kathleen Passidomo issued the proclamation on Tuesday, formalizing […]

DeSantis: State will contribute supplies for post-Ian rebuilding efforts

BY: - December 5, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a $25 million program on Monday to provide building materials for people whose homes suffered damage during Hurricane Ian. “This includes materials such as sheetrock, studs, doors, drywall, and other materials needed go get a home into a condition that will allow a displaced resident to return safely while they complete […]

Two months after Hurricane Ian, 13 families have been set up with FEMA direct housing program

BY: - December 2, 2022

The flooding and debris from Hurricane Ian left thousands of families with uninhabitable homes, with some 16,000 households qualifying for a federal direct housing program that provides temporary home solutions. But it appears things are slow moving in the program. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up housing for only 13 households, according to […]

COMMENTARY

This Florida chemical plant is the biggest greenhouse gas polluter in the state

BY: - December 1, 2022

I have a confession to make. I’m oooooold. How old am I? I remember when Steve Martin was just a stand-up comic whose big schtick involved getting small. These days Martin is the star of a popular Hulu TV show about a trio of snarky amateur detectives. In movies, he’s played a well-meaning dope, a […]

More than $37 billion in disaster aid under scrutiny in congressional lame duck

BY: - November 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration wants Congress to approve more than $37 billion to help communities throughout the country recover from various natural disasters, including Hurricanes Ian, which battered Florida and the Southeast U.S. in late September, and Fiona, which hit Puerto Rico. The supplemental funding request comes on top of a $9 billion COVID-19 […]

White House, FEMA extend relief for Ian destruction; Fried wants bonuses for 911 operators

BY: - November 28, 2022

Following destruction caused by Hurricane Ian that swept through the state in late September, Florida is getting more help in the holiday season: Additional federal grants to use towards recovery efforts and debris removal. As the White House put it on Monday, President Joe Biden “made additional disaster assistance available to the state of Florida […]

Coalition calls on Florida Legislature to create committee to focus on climate change

BY: - November 28, 2022

More than a dozen environmental and community-based organizations are calling on the new leaders of the Florida Legislature to create a special committee to address climate change, saying that the issue is the biggest threat to the state. “As we speak, Floridians are suffering from horrific hurricane damage, unsafe water, skyrocketing property insurance rates, frequent […]

Little appetite for Manchin permitting bill in congressional lame-duck session

BY: - November 25, 2022

Among the items on Congress’ lengthy to-do list by the end of the year is U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposal to speed up the federal government’s permitting process that certifies energy projects do not harm the environment. But the bill, which was a condition of the centrist West Virginia Democrat’s support for his party’s larger […]

COMMENTARY

Sea turtles hatching on Florida beaches are feeling the heat from warming climate

BY: - November 17, 2022

When anyone asks me what’s the coolest thing I’ve ever covered, I always tell them about the sea turtle: I once witnessed a loggerhead turtle crawl onto a Sarasota County beach in the dark of a new moon, dig a hole, and lay a bunch of eggs. That night, I was riding with a couple […]

Trump announces a third bid for the presidency, even as GOP reels from midterm setback

BY: - November 15, 2022

Former President Donald Trump, whose lies about his reelection loss in 2020 precipitated an insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol, said Tuesday he will make another run for the White House in 2024. His announcement came only a week after a disappointing showing by Republicans — especially those who endorsed his false claims about 2020 […]

Amid major federal investment in electric cars, it’s time for states to step up, advocates say

BY: - November 14, 2022

For years, electric vehicles posed something of a chicken-and-egg problem. Mass adoption, seen as critical to cutting the largest single source of U.S. carbon emissions, couldn’t happen until the infrastructure to allow drivers to recharge wherever they were heading was in place. And those charging stations weren’t coming until more drivers switched to plug-in electric vehicles. That’s […]

At U.N. conference, Pelosi, Castor tout ‘real concrete action’ on billions of climate projects

BY: - November 10, 2022

Speaking at the U.N. Climate Change Conference on Thursday, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Kathy Castor said there is more work to be done, but recent climate change legislation signed by President Joe Biden allows the United States to participate at a higher level on the global stage when it comes to reducing […]