Environment

Biden’s big social spending bill caught in snags in the Senate

BY: - December 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s giant social and climate spending bill on Thursday night appeared stalled in the U.S. Senate for some time to come, a deep frustration for congressional Democrats who aimed to pass the ambitious package by the Christmas recess. At risk also is a temporary expansion of the child tax credit, the […]

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DeSantis wants to deal with Florida’s sea level rise without ‘left-wing stuff’

BY: - December 16, 2021

Boy howdy, I sure love laughing along with a good comedy. The best ones aren’t merely machines for delivering joke after joke. From “The Andy Griffith Show” to “Barney Miller” to “Bob’s Burgers” and “Schitt’s Creek,” the best ones exploit the foibles of their characters to produce hilarious situations. I particularly enjoy the shows where […]

Forever chemicals: FL Senate panel proposes to tackle PFAS contamination

BY: - December 14, 2021

Florida’s Senate Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources plans to address PFAS, a class of man-made compounds referred to as “forever chemicals” that may pose public health or ecological risks, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The proposed committee bill would create a 16-member task force by next fall to determine how to identify […]

Floridians largely in the dark on omicron; state health officials say little about cases

BY: - December 14, 2021

With county officials detecting omicron in more samples of wastewater in Central Florida, the state health department has yet to report any new COVID variant cases, even as county officials confirmed that omicron found in sewage water means that the virus is here. The new variant has now been found in wastewater in Orange County, […]

Interior Secretary Haaland promises governors federal help for fires, drought

BY: - December 11, 2021

U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland pledged federal resources and cooperation with governors from 19 Western states to tackle wildfire resilience, drought management, oil and gas cleanup efforts, and other problems made more difficult by climate change. Speaking at the Western Governors Association meeting outside San Diego on Thursday, Haaland touted funding for Interior priorities in […]

Billions targeted to state wildlife conservation under bipartisan push in Congress

BY: - December 9, 2021

A bipartisan pair of senators on Wednesday called for Congress to approve billions in new funding for states to manage wildlife recovery work. At a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Sens. Martin Heinrich, (D-N.M.), and Roy Blunt, (R-Mo.), said a bill they introduced this year would help protect 1,600 threatened species, relieve the […]

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Waiving rules for moving Florida gopher tortoises helps only developers

BY: - December 9, 2021

Do you like the neighborhood where you live? I sure like mine. My wife and I bought a 1926 Craftsman fixer-upper in St. Petersburg back in the mid-1990s, and we’ve been here ever since. We love the brick streets, the shady oaks, and the down-the-block proximity of a waterfront park. Our neighbors are pretty cool, […]

Citrus greening, killing groves in Central and South Florida, found in North Florida

BY: - December 8, 2021

Citrus greening, a disease ravaging citrus groves in central and south Florida, has been detected for the first time in north Florida, according to agriculture researchers. A tree confirmed to be infected with the disease was discovered in late November in a Leon County homeowner’s backyard, according to the University of Florida Institute of Food […]

Avoiding words ‘climate change,’ DeSantis says global-warming concerns involve ‘left-wing stuff’

BY: - December 7, 2021

At an event Tuesday in Pinellas County about defending cities from sea levels rising around Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis answered a reporter’s question about climate change by talking about “left-wing stuff” and people posing as environmental advocates in order to “smuggle in their ideology.” DeSantis did not answer the reporter’s question about what his administration […]

Women would sign up for the military draft under defense bill in Congress

BY: - December 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — As the Senate works to finalize a major annual defense measure, there is a bipartisan push to include a requirement that all young Americans — including women — for the first time register for the military draft. The $777.9 billion measure, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022, also would allocate millions to cleaning […]

Biden’s oil and gas policy falls short on climate goals, House Democrats say

BY: - December 3, 2021

Democrats on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday encouraged President Joe Biden to take stronger action to limit oil and gas production, while Republicans said reducing domestic production would only increase global emissions from overseas suppliers. In a hearing last week after the U.S. Interior Department released a report that called for fiscal updates to […]

COMMENTARY

We’re Florida — we couldn’t get through the day without a helping of mendacity

BY: - December 3, 2021

What is it with Florida and reality? We don’t believe in facts, don’t believe in science, don’t believe the evidence parked right in front of us by people who actually know what they’re talking about. This goes double for the people who run the state. Instead of trying to protect Floridians against COVID-19 by insisting […]