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

Categories: Environment, News

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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

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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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Palm Beach County Agrees to Import Trash for Money

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Ahh, Palm Beach County. Sunshine shining on a cloudless day as palm trees sway lazily in the waft of putrid refuge in the breeze.

Or, at least, that'll be the picture of the town on some days after the county commissioners voted to allow the importing of garbage from outside the county to burn in the new incinerator.

Following citizens picketing and protesting the move on Monday, on Wednesday the commissioners voted 4-3 to start taking bids from outside companies to start sending their garbage into Palm Beach County.


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Floridians Trust Scientists More Than Marco Rubio on Climate Change

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It looks like Floridians would rather have all the scientists run for president than Marco Rubio, according to a Public Policy Polling survey released last week.

After the White House released the findings from the National Climate Assessment last month that said climate change was man-made and that Florida was sinking into the ocean, Sen. Marco Rubio stepped up to the plate to lash out against science and reason.

Rubio questioned the reasons for running with just what scientists say, and that all that dirty CO2 that's coming from nuclear plants and wrecking the environment really isn't all man's fault.

"I think it's an enormous threat to say that every weather incident that we now read about is -- or the majority of them are -- attributable to human activity," Rubio told CNN in an interview following the National Climate Assessment findings.

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

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Brush Fire Puts Smoky Haze Over South Florida

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Dillon Boggs, via Twitter
South Florida looks a lot like a Renaissance painting today. The skyline and the cityscape bleed into each other with the most minuscule of brush strokes. But no, an imaginary Leonardo did not restyle South Florida to look like the Mona Lisa. What you're seeing is not sfumato; it's smoke.

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Florida Power Plants Called On to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 38 Percent

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On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed cutting carbon dioxide emissions from the nation's power plants by 30 percent by 2030 in an effort by the Obama administration to combat climate change.

And while Florida's governor has been going around reminding people he's not a scientist and, therefore, that technically precludes him from commenting on the harm climate change is bringing to the state, it would appear that Florida will play a big role in Obama's plan.

As it stands now, under the EPA's proposed plan, Florida would have to cut its carbon emissions by 38 percent -- about a third of what we're creating now.

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

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