Even Californians Are Attacking Rick Scott's Environmental Record

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Tom Steyer, a former hedge fund manager billionaire from California, has decided to pour millions into a campaign to remind Floridians that Rick Scott has been terrible to the environment.

Steyer's super PAC, NextGen Climate, is going strong to the hoop with attack ads targeting Scott and his environmental record, as well as his money-tied relationships with oil interests and energy companies like Duke Energy -- the company that charged millions of Floridians for a nuclear power plant project that never actually happened.

All this while Scott finally decided to meet with Florida scientists to discuss his climate-change stance.

See also: Rick Scott Says "I'm Not a Scientist" as He Continues to Ignore Climate Change Issue

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PEER Report: Rick Scott Has Neutered Florida's Environmental Enforcement

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"Nothing going on here, just checking the water's pH. Not cleaning up toxic chemicals. Nope."
As part of its effort to watchdog Rick Scott's administration, the Florida arm of the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) combs through the annual data about the caseload of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The thinking goes that a shrinking number of corrective actions by the state's environmental coppers is proof-positive that the governor is letting polluters and other Earth baddies get off (Rick) Scott-free. The group just released a report examining 2013, and the depressing hypothesis seems to be holding.


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State Rep. Joe Gibbons, Critic of Current Florida Solar Policy, Has a Conflict of Interest on the Issue, Solar Advocates Say

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As we've told you earlier, there's a big, OK Corral-style showdown going on in Florida over the future of solar energy. On one side of the debate, you have a small yet scrappy band of private businesses who rig homes with solar; on the other, Florida's powerful utilities, who over the course of the summer have blocked the rooftop industry from sitting in on upcoming hearings of Florida's Public Service Commission that will likely shape new policy.

Last month, local State Rep. Joe Gibbons also stepped into the ring, criticizing the current solar policy in a Sun Sentinel op-ed. But the solar industry is now crying foul, claiming Gibbons has a conflict of interest on the issue.

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Is Marco Rubio the Worst Climate Denier in Congress?

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Marco Rubio hasn't been a friend to the environment.

We know this.

You know this.

But is he the worst climate denier in Congress?

That might be up for debate, but we're going out on a limb and say, pretty much yes.

Mainly because he's the senator from Florida, and all indications are that Florida is sinking into the ocean.

And also, because he's very much likely going to be the GOP favorite for the White House in 2016.

See also: Marco Rubio Is Ignoring Threats to South Florida's Environment

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The Alliance for Solar Choice Vows to Fight Florida Power Utilities

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Florida's solar industry might be up against the ropes, but it's vowing to fight on. As we reported a few weeks back, the small but feisty solar industry -- with an assist from the Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), a national group pushing sun energy -- is trying to outlive the kibosh coming from Florida's all-powerful utilities. And although it's lost an important bid to enter current state discussions on the industry's future, there's a growing grassroots push for more solar options.


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Charlie Crist Wants to Meet With Scientists Who Asked to Meet With Rick Scott

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In what some would call a wily veteran move, Charlie Crist has publicly offered to meet with the ten Florida environmental scientists who asked Gov. Rick Scott to meet to discuss climate change.

And now that Crist has come out and said he'll meet with the scientists, Scott has also come out and said he'll meet with them.

Ah, politics. It's most likely going to kill us all, but it's fun to watch.

See also: Florida Scientists Want to Chat With Rick Scott About Climate Change


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Florida Girls Light Tortoise on Fire, Set Off Hunt for Vigilante Justice

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In a video that went viral yesterday, two Florida girls slammed a threatened animal on the sidewalk.
"You kids act like you never did something stupid in your life," one wrote on her Facebook.

"So fuck off!" the other one commented.

"Gettttttt obvvveeeerrrrrrr it," the Orange Park teenager with a black bob and perfectly manicured eyebrows fired back. "It's not like we took the last one off the planet."

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Frack No More: Collier County Activists Drive Texas Oil Company From the Everglades

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Prospectors from Texas oil company Dan A. Hughes won't be drilling throughout the Big Cypress Swamp watershed anytime soon. That means (1) diminished revenues for Old Florida plutocrats Barron Collier, (2) one fewer threat to the Florida Panther and other species, and (3) one fewer worry for Collier County residents concerned about toxic contamination of the environment.

See also: Fracking the Everglades: Enviros Claim State Deception on Water Quality

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Fracking the Everglades: Enviros Claim State Deception on Water Quality

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Citizen activists opposed to oil drilling in the Everglades claim the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has issued a "bogus" clean bill of health for Texas oil company Dan A. Hughes' acid fracking operation in Collier County.

See also: Dropping Acid in the Everglades: Fracking War Drags On in Collier County

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Sued Over Microscopic Ichetucknee Siltsnail

Categories: Crime, Environment

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In 2011, the Center for Biological Diversity struck a huge legal settlement with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service that meant the agency needed to decide whether to put 757 different animals on the endangered species list. They bragged, using animals that would pull at people's heartstrings, touting photos of critters like the American wolverine, the Mexican grey wolf, and the Pacific walrus on their website. You know, fauna clearly visible to the naked eye.

One of the first animals that needed to be decided on, though, was the Ichetucknee siltsnail -- thus named for its resemblance to a grain of sand.

The center's attorney, Jaclyn Lopez, conceded to the Associated Press that the snail was not "the most charismatic animal" but said the size of its entire habitat is about the size of your apartment's living room.

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