Sierra Club

Environmentalists blast Gov. DeSantis for blocking local phase-outs of oil and gas as fuel sources

BY: - June 22, 2021

Disregarding warnings about worsening climate change, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a measure that prevents local governments from moving away from oil and gas. The new law will slow down local government efforts to convert fully to clean energy, such as solar and wind. That ensures that oil and gas companies can continue doing […]

Biden’s public lands pick wins backing by environmental advocates ahead of hearing

BY: - June 7, 2021

Environmental groups are lining up behind President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management prior to her Tuesday confirmation hearing. More than 100 organizations wrote to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.), and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Ky.), Monday asking that the Senate confirm Tracy Stone-Manning, a Montanan who led conservation and […]

COMMENTARY
algae bloom

To fix Florida’s latest toxic algae crisis, fix the DEP

BY: - June 3, 2021

Dear Gov. DeSantis, Hello again! I wrote you a letter last year and you didn’t respond, but it’s OK. I figure you’re pretty busy, what with battling the cruise industry and Big Tech. I’m writing to you again because you’re facing a great opportunity right now, and I want to be sure you don’t miss […]

Voting-rights and civil-rights advocates call for veto of GOP-driven election reforms

BY: - May 5, 2021

Twenty voting-rights and civil-rights organizations told Gov. Ron DeSantis Wednesday that he should veto elections-reform legislation sent for his signature by the Republican-led Florida Legislature. The group includes the Fair Elections Center based in Washington, D.C, and Florida chapters of All Voting is Local, American Civil Liberties Union, Anti-Defamation League, Common Cause, Faith in Florida, […]

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Is FL facing another Summer of Slime? Thank Gov. DeSantis and do-nothing Legislature

BY: - April 29, 2021

Sometimes I wonder what it was like to be one of the early Spanish explorers of Florida, back when you could see it in all its swampy, bug-infested, gator-bellowing glory. I can’t help but wonder about their reaction the first time they noticed the waters of what we now call the Gulf of Mexico had […]

FL environmentalists applaud Biden orders to address climate change

BY: - January 27, 2021

Two of Florida’s leading environmental organizations applauded President Joe Biden Wednesday for issuing executive orders to slow climate change that is fueling more frequent hurricanes, extreme heat and sea-level rise in the state. They called on Gov. Ron DeSantis to follow suit with bold action to protect Florida. Biden’s new orders also halt offshore drilling […]

Coalition of environmental, health, and union activists mount challenges to radioactive-roads policy

BY: - December 22, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has drawn a lawsuit and an administrative challenge over its decision to allow use of a radioactive byproduct of fertilizer production to pave roads. The agency quietly approved the practice in October without public input, as relayed at the time by Phoenix columnist Craig Pittman. Now the Center for Biological […]

Major boondoggle? National public-interest group rips FL’s toll-road plans; state says, too soon to judge

BY: - December 15, 2020

The Florida Legislature’s controversial plan to build three major toll highways through rural landscapes is a “boondoggle” of the first order, says the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), which named it among the nation’s top seven transportation boondoggles for the year. Not so, says the Florida Department of Transportation, saying the PIRG report fails […]

Dark money fuels effort to hinder FL citizens from changing Constitution — ‘It’s just the way it happened’

BY: - October 16, 2020

The organization that placed Amendment 4, which would make it twice as hard to amend the Florida Constitution, on the Nov. 3 ballot was Keep Our Constitution Clean P.C. The organization that solely financed its efforts, to the tune of $9 million in cash and in-kind contributions, was Keep Our Constitution Clean Inc. At least, […]

By popular demand, climate change was added late to presidential debate agenda, confirming candidate divide

BY: - October 1, 2020

President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday night he wants “immaculate” air and water but conceded he has rolled back automobile fuel economy standards, withdrawn from the 2015 global climate accord, and cut Obama-era plans to limit carbon emissions from power plants that cause climate change. After years of calling climate change a hoax, Trump also conceded […]

On campaign trail in FL, Trump reverses course, extends ban on offshore oil drilling; critics call it a “desperate political stunt”

BY: - September 8, 2020

President Donald Trump, on the campaign trail in Jupiter Tuesday, signed an order extending a moratorium on oil drilling off Florida’s Gulf and Atlantic coasts and off the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina. Environmentalists and Florida lawmakers who have long opposed Trump’s announced plans to open Florida waters to oil drilling called the action […]

Conservation groups call for removal of top federal land management official Pendley, saying he’s ‘unfit’

BY: - August 20, 2020

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Bureau of Land Management will continue leading the agency even after his nomination is withdrawn, leading the diverse conservation groups that opposed him to call for his removal from office. The Trump administration said last weekend it would pull the nomination of William Perry Pendley when the Senate […]