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

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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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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Rick Scott Reminds People That He's No Scientist When Asked About Manmade Climate Change

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Two weeks after telling reporters he's not a scientist, Rick Scott reminded reporters on Tuesday that... he's no scientist!

Scott had made a stop in Miami on Tuesday when he was asked about the impact of manmade climate change.

"I'm not a scientist," he said, per the Miami Herald. He then tried to deflect the question by talking about his environmental record, which is probably not the hottest idea. But you can't blame him for that since, as he continues to remind us, he's not a scientist.

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

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

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Back in 2012, Marco Rubio invoked his right to tell people he wasn't a scientist when he was asked something that has a clear answer based on scientific evidence.

Now Gov. Rick Scott is also invoking that right, for the seemingly same reasons.

On Tuesday, the governor was asked if he, like many in his party and like Rubio himself, believes that climate change is not caused by humans.

Scott then dropped a truthbomb on everyone by responding, "I'm not a scientist."

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

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Fort Lauderdale Named Fifth Greenest Midsized City

At a time when climate change is the big topic of discussion and debate between scientists and politicians, Fort Lauderdale is at least doing its part to make sure things get green.

The city is doing so much for the environment, in fact, that it was named among the top ten greenest midsized cities in the U.S.

Add this to the fact that it has been found at the top of the list in safest cities, cities with best downtowns, and most exciting cities and it's just more evidence that Fort Lauderdale is all kinds of awesome.

See also: Downtown Fort Lauderdale Named Among Top Ten Downtowns in U.S.

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Marco Rubio Is Ignoring Threats to South Florida's Environment

Earlier this week, the White House released its National Climate Assessment, and, judging by the results of that assessment, things are looking pretty bleak for the environment. Particularly in South Florida.

Sea levels are on the rise, and South Florida is sinking.

But Sen. and presidential hopeful Marco Rubio has taken the same stance he took on the age of the Earth. Namely, he's dismissing scientific facts with political pandering and calling the president names.

See also: Marco Rubio Is Not Sure How Old the Earth Is

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FAU Plans to Demolish Acres of Burrowing Owl Habitat to Construct New Dormitories, Environmentalists Say

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The very owls Florida Atlantic University is named after are being seriously threatened by the school's ever-expanding buildings and dormitories. Burrowing owls, along with gopher tortoises and other species of life, currently live in a nature preserve nestled between the campus parking lot and Boca Raton Airport.

And, as the school continues to build and expand, the preserve, along with the animals in it, are being threatened, concerned environmentalists and FAU students say.

In 2009, 30 acres of the preserve was consumed by the construction of the new FAU football stadium. The habitat shrunk from 120 acres to 90 after that. And now comes news of a possible 40 more acres will be taken to make way for new dormitories.

See also: Nine Ways Florida Is Screwing Up the Environment

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Eight Places in Florida to Visit on Earth Day Ranked by Outdoorsiness

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The sun sets over Key Largo, Florida.
Between Passover, Easter, and 4/20, it's been a mad rush of holidays in the past week. First people were getting cabin fever in their parents' houses, subsisting off of matzo and trying to think if the adage about never forgetting how to ride a bike applied to driving a car. Then mass amounts of the population were gorging themselves on chocolate and deviled eggs after being forced into awkward socialization with church members they see but once a year. Finally, after all the claustrophobia and agoraphobia went away, paranoia set in. Take a holiday from the holidays. Put down the hash pipe. Get in your car and enjoy living in one hell of a state. There are options for even the most prissy of you Floridians as well as the most hardened Survivor Man acolytes.

That said, all of these places are awesome. The ranking is all in good fun. Florida has one of the most beautiful ecosystems in the country. It's your duty to enjoy it on Earth Day, or at least before things heat up in May and our mosquito overlords begin their blood-sucking reign of terror once more. You'll regret it if you don't.

See also: Earth Day: Nine Ways Florida Is Screwing Up the Environment

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