Climate Change

Climate funding could suffer in the farm bill under GOP control of Congress

BY: - November 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans who may be taking control of Congress in this week’s midterm elections have not been very specific about many policy goals—but the farm bill is an exception. Members of the GOP in the U.S. House and Senate are sending strong signals they want to strip climate funding from the massive legislation in […]

COMMENTARY

Even the U.K. is falling prey to culture wars over abortion, immigration and history

BY: - November 4, 2022

LONDON — If you’re wondering what the U.S. might be like after the midterms, take a look at the U.K. under the disinformation-purveying, dyspeptic, dysfunctional Conservative Party. It’s not an exact parallel, but it may seem familiar. The British Tories are not under the control of evangelical fruitcakes or quite as close as we are […]

Even as drought forces water cutbacks, climate gets short shrift in midterm election

BY: - November 2, 2022

LAKE MEAD, Nev. —The streaks of white on the rock ringing the nation’s largest reservoir show how far its water levels have dropped since it was last full. Lake Mead and nearby Lake Powell, which send water to 40 million people in the Southwest, are at their lowest levels since they were filled in the […]

Constitutional Amendment would ease financial burden of armoring property against flooding

BY: - November 1, 2022

Floridians have a chance to vote themselves property tax breaks on real estate improvements designed to protect their homes and businesses against flooding — something we’re already seeing and that will only get worse due to global warming. Global warming is a topic Gov. Ron DeSantis doesn’t like talking about. “What I’ve found is, people […]

States are vying for money to start ‘hydrogen hubs.’ What are they?

BY: - October 25, 2022

Across the country, states are inking agreements with neighbors or striking out on their own to pursue billions in federal funding to set up “hydrogen hubs,” clustered centers for production, storage and use of the gas that many see as a crucial piece of the puzzle for decarbonizing the U.S. economy. How broad a role […]

DeSantis puts property tax payments on hold for Ian-damaged homes, businesses

BY: - October 20, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that he is extending deadlines for paying property taxes on residential and commercial buildings “that were destroyed or otherwise rendered uninhabitable” by Hurricane Ian. The idea is to pause tax payments in 26 counties until the Legislature can convene before the end of the year to pass a relief package […]

Bridge to Sanibel Island reopening, well ahead of schedule

BY: - October 19, 2022

The road crossing to Sanibel Island, severed in three places by Hurricane Ian, was reopening to civilian traffic on Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a public announcement. Private vehicles would be allowed to cross at 11 a.m., 10 days ahead of schedule, the governor said. In the meantime, he and other dignitaries, staged at […]

Democrat Val Demings, GOP Marco Rubio sparred on stage over abortion rights, immigration and more

BY: - October 18, 2022

Incumbent GOP Sen. Marco Rubio sparred on stage Tuesday night with Democrat Val Demings in the only scheduled televised debate before the general election in less than a month. Both candidates for the U.S. Senate in Florida went back and forth on a variety of issues from gun violence, abortion, voting rights and more – […]

Lee County schools on the mend, but some may need ‘temporary’ campuses

BY: - October 13, 2022

Hard-hit counties in Southwest Florida are working to get their schools reopened so that students can finally return to classrooms after Category 4 Hurricane Ian swept through Florida and upended coastal communities. And all school districts will be open by Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a Cape Coral press conference Thursday. “Here in Lee, […]

FL Disaster Fund gives $2 million to first responders recovering from Ian damage

BY: - October 13, 2022

The Florida Disaster Fund will donate $2 million to help first responders in the Hurricane Ian disaster zone get a start on recovery from damage to their own homes. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the donation during a news conference Thursday in Punta Gorda, flanked by representatives of the Florida Sheriffs Association, Florida Police Benevolent Association, […]

COMMENTARY

Development on Florida’s barrier islands made Ian evacuation virtually impossible

BY: - October 13, 2022

Jesus had some good advice for Florida developers: Don’t build a house on the sand. It won’t stand up when a storm hits. “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash,” the Son of God said in Matthew 7:27. But […]

Despite state and federal efforts, Cape Coral business owners request additional help from DeSantis

BY: - October 12, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis convened a round table discussion in Cape Coral Wednesday to assess the lingering damage from the Category 4 Hurricane Ian, saying that he was “here to listen” to the concerns and suggestions of the business community. Those business owners provided a considerable list of concerns. Robbie Roepstorff, president of Edison National Bank, […]