Climate Change

Flooding in Florida: House plan omits efforts to get to root of water woes

BY: - March 2, 2022

One day after an international scientific panel warned that climate change has begun causing “irreversible” damage to the planet and its forms of life, the Florida House of Representatives refused Tuesday to add clean-energy solutions to its legislative plan to defend the state against climate-induced sea-level rise and flooding. The House also advanced a net-metering […]

Bill intended to prevent future Surfside tragedies is headed for the Senate floor

BY: - February 23, 2022

Legislation, inspired by the Surfside condo collapse, requiring periodic safety inspections for older multi-story residential buildings cleared its final Florida Senate committee on Wednesday and is headed for a floor vote. The legislation (PCB 1702) would require “milestone” inspections 30 years after a building with three floors or more receives its certificate of occupancy and […]

Climate-induced flooding: FL planning its defense but leaves causes unaddressed

BY: - February 22, 2022

Sea-level rise and inland flooding that will damage thousands of homes and cause billions of dollars in real-estate losses in Florida were high-priority subjects Tuesday in a Senate Appropriations hearing. That subcommittee approved two bills authorizing a defense, but neither attempts to reduce air pollution that causes climate change and worsening flooding. The Senate Appropriations […]

Electricity CEOs tout Biden clean energy tax credits, despite stalled plan

BY: - February 9, 2022

Clean energy tax credits President Joe Biden proposed in his massive domestic spending and climate measure last year would help electric utilities build resilience and transmission lines, utility CEOs told Biden during a White House event Wednesday. But the $1.9 trillion budget measure, which Biden and allies call Build Back Better, is in limbo because […]

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Rooftop solar fans cry foul when their testimony is cut short

BY: - February 4, 2022

In a Capitol committee room packed with people who traveled long distances to say their piece, a bill involving rooftop solar and net metering — described by its own sponsor as an unfinished product — was voted up 13-3 Thursday after public testimony was shut down with scores of people left unheard. Sixty-six people requested […]

White House methane plan funds orphan well cleanup, rewards reduced farm emissions

BY: - February 1, 2022

The federal government will provide $1.15 billion this year to help states cap defunct oil and gas wells, the White House said Monday, as part of a broad plan to reduce methane emissions. The government-wide methane reduction plan comes about two months after President Joe Biden joined a pledge at the United Nations Climate Conference in Scotland […]

Nation is watching: FL League of Women Voters president blasts SB 90 on Day 1 in federal trial

BY: - January 31, 2022

League of Women Voters of Florida President Cecile Scoon testified Monday in federal court that Florida’s new election laws — adopted in 2021 Senate Bill 90 — makes voter-registration drives, voting by mail, and rendering basic assistance to voters in line needlessly difficult, resulting in voting suppression. Scoon is the first witness to testify in […]

Federal judge cites climate effect in canceling Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale

BY: - January 28, 2022

A federal judge invalidated leases to drill for oil and gas in a broad swath of the Gulf of Mexico, telling the Biden administration to weigh climate impacts before allowing development. The ruling late Thursday handed a victory to environmental groups that had challenged the Interior Department’s move to comply with a separate court order […]

As hard freeze hits FL, farmers and homeless people brace for rough weekend

BY: - January 28, 2022

Homeowners, farmers and homeless shelters in Florida were bracing Friday for a weekend of freezing cold, with landscapes, crops and homeless people in harm’s way. The freezing air is part of a winter storm affecting the entire Eastern seaboard. It will move into Florida tonight, with weekend low temperatures in the low 20s, and freezing […]

Supreme Court

Gov. DeSantis opines on impending U.S. Supreme Court vacancy

BY: - January 28, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis, asked Friday about an impending nomination of a Black woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, was unaware that one of the reported candidates has Florida roots, but hoped the nominee would show “a certain amount of humility.” Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for […]

Expansion in Gulf of Mexico drilling splits U.S. House panel along party lines

BY: - January 20, 2022

As the Biden administration’s move to scrap new oil and gas leases remains in unsettled legal territory, Democrats and Republicans on a U.S. House panel sharply disagreed about the merits of new energy development in the Gulf of Mexico. Democrats on the House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, including Chairman Alan Lowenthal of […]

Biden says ‘big chunks’ of his spending bill could still succeed, including climate plan

BY: - January 19, 2022

President Joe Biden said Wednesday the climate and child care provisions in his domestic spending agenda could still become law this year, even as the larger plan has stalled in the Senate over other items that Biden conceded may not pass — such as an expanded child tax credit. In a nearly two-hour news conference, […]