Environment

At tribal summit, Biden pledges federal commitment to Indian Country

BY: - December 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said this week that he is poised to designate Avi Kwa Ame, a sacred site for Native American tribes in southern Nevada, as a national monument that would ensure the preservation of ancestral lands for those 12 tribes. “I’m committed to protecting this sacred place that is central to the […]

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 […]

DeSantis skips over Trump question; responds over national politics, GOP underperformance in midterms

BY: - December 1, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis skipped over a Donald Trump question Thursday — What is your take on Mr. Trump being back in the news every day? — but did respond to issues of national politics and underperformance of the GOP in the midterms, during a news conference Thursday. The conference in Key Biscayne in South Florida […]

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 […]

As utilities spend billions on transmission, support builds for independent monitoring

BY: - November 18, 2022

An aging electric grid, fossil fuel power plant retirements, and a massive renewable electricity buildout are all contributing to a boom in transmission and distribution wire projects by electric utilities across the country. In 2020, investor-owned electric utilities spent $25 billion on transmission, up from $23.7 billion in 2019, figures that the Edison Electric Institute, which […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nicole: DeSantis expands state of emergency to all 67 counties; school districts closed

BY: - November 10, 2022

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday expanded a state of emergency order to include all of Florida’s 67 counties, as Tropical Storm Nicole forges a path of power outages, strong winds, dangerous storm surges and heavy rainfall. School districts across Florida are closed, as well as several seaports and airports, among other closures. Earlier, DeSantis had […]