Climate Change

Gov. DeSantis goes live as he manages Ian response, with Fox News stars, other interviews

BY: - September 29, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis burned up the airwaves while managing the state’s response to Hurricane Ian, holding press conferences throughout Wednesday as the Category 4 storm landed in Florida, as well as interviews with broadcasters including Fox News stars. The governor appeared on Sean Hannity’s radio program and even the Trumpist One America News Network during […]

As Ian churns SW FL communities, Gov. DeSantis warns to expect long recovery

BY: - September 28, 2022

UPDATE: “Extremely dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida.” //////////////////////// Hurricane Ian is ravaging southwest Florida Wednesday afternoon, with storm surges, flooding, 155 mile per hour winds, some cars underwater and many homes without power. Just after 3 p.m., The Weather Channel reported that Ian made landfall on the southwest coast of […]

Hurricane Ian threatens an already wobbly insurance market in Florida

BY: - September 27, 2022

Hurricane Ian certainly will cause billions of dollars in property damage amid a crisis in Florida’s insurance market that features withdrawal or closure of carriers and a tightening in the availability of reinsurance — that is, insurance for insurers. Forecasters predicted Tuesday that Ian would hit near Venice, south of Tampa Bay in Sarasota County, […]

DeSantis warns against unnecessary evacuations ahead of Tropical Storm Ian

BY: - September 25, 2022

With Tropical Storm Ian changing its track toward the west and forecast to become a major hurricane as early as Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis urged Floridians throughout the state to prepare for high winds, storm surge, and heavy rains. However, he also cautioned them against being too quick to evacuate their homes, given the potential […]

Manchin’s energy permitting plan roils U.S. Senate and House Democrats

BY: and - September 22, 2022

WASHINGTON – The energy permitting proposal centrist Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III made a condition of his support for a major Senate Democratic measure would impose timelines on federal agencies responsible for approving energy projects, according to text of the measure released late Wednesday. Congressional Democrats are deeply divided over the Manchin permitting bill, […]

Clash over climate change funding emerging in farm bill debate

BY: - September 21, 2022

WASHINGTON —   As lawmakers begin envisioning the next farm bill, some U.S. House Republicans are wary of making climate change a priority for farmers and ranchers. The pushback from Republicans at a Tuesday hearing came as the Biden administration has tried to make significant new investments in climate change mitigation on farmland, last week […]

Amid a massive American clean energy shift, grid operators play catch-up

BY: - September 20, 2022

For the better part of the past century, the American electric power system evolved around large, mostly fossil fuel power plants delivering electricity to residences, businesses and industry through a network of transmission and distribution wires that collectively came to be called the electric grid. But as the threat of climate change driven by carbon pollution becomes […]

Biden administration targets deep waters near Oregon, Maine for new offshore wind power

BY: - September 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will seek to add deep-water offshore wind energy, a developing technology that isn’t yet widely used, to its mix of renewable energy sources, administration leaders said. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland told reporters on a White House call Thursday that their departments would advance efforts to […]

PR work for ‘Big Oil’ helped stymie climate action, U.S. House Democrats say

BY: - September 14, 2022

WASHINGTON – Public relations firms aligned with oil and gas companies have tested the limits of their industry ethics and caused major slowdowns to federal climate change policy, Democrats on a U.S. House panel said during a Wednesday hearing. The firms’ conduct went beyond the bounds of ethical public relations work, Democrats on the House […]

A third of U.S. House Democrats oppose Manchin permitting deal in stopgap spending bill

BY: - September 12, 2022

WASHINGTON – The group of U.S. House Democrats asking the chamber’s leaders not to include environmental permitting changes in a stopgap spending deal this month comprises 76 members, including senior leaders of budget and spending committees and factions across the caucus’ ideological spectrum. The 76 signers on a letter sent late last week make up […]

Biden touts public safety policy in visit to Wilkes-Barre

BY: - August 30, 2022

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. —  President Joe Biden knocked defenders of the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol while touting his recent public safety policy wins in a visit to Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. “You can’t be pro-law enforcement and pro-insurrection,” Biden said. The president also referenced the FBI search at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago residence […]

After Biden signs historic law to benefit FL and other states, DeSantis goes on diatribe on IRS

BY: - August 17, 2022

A day after President Joe Biden signed historic legislation to tackle the climate crisis, promote clean energy, get tax credits for electric vehicles and save on family’s utility bills for Florida and other states, Gov. Ron DeSantis wanted to bash the IRS. At a news conference Wednesday scheduled about education, the governor first talked about […]