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

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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

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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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Earth Day: Nine Ways Florida Is Screwing Up the Environment

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Happy Earth Day, Florida! We're all gonna die!

Yes, today is the day we're supposed to be conserving, planting trees, turning off the lights, and collecting all that recycling. But the reality is, things are not looking as green as they should in the Sunshine State.

Florida is a land literally named for all its flowers. But the darker side of things is the reality that Florida's overall environmental state is a mess. How bad is it? So bad that we're turning the Everglades into shopping malls, spewing tons of garbage into the air, and pretty much sinking into the ocean.

So let's all gather 'round and take a gander at nine ways we're completely killing our environment down here!

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

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Environmental Groups Call on EPA to Extend BP's Suspension From Government Contracts

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It's been four years since the BP Deep Water Horizon disaster where an oil rig explosion in the Gulf killed 11 workers and triggered the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

This brought upon $1.3 billion in criminal fines, and manslaughter charges on the oil company, as well as multiple government suspensions. BP was also sued by a handful of states, including Florida.

But in February, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lifted its suspension of BP entities from federal contracts, allowing them to once again do business with the government. On Friday, more than 50 conservation groups, led by the Center for Biological Diversity, sent a letter to the EPA saying that it would be irresponsible, and undermine federal laws -- at great risk to the environment -- to allow BP to pick up where it left off and resume business with the U.S. government.

See also: Florida Sues BP and Halliburton Over 2010 Oil Spill

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At FPL's St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant, Components Show Wear That's 1,500 Times Worse than the Norm

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Yesterday, 80 environmental activists from Earth First! protested at the Juno Beach headquarters of Florida Power & Light. Their mission was to bring attention to a proposed power plant in Hendry County.

But there's another concern about FPL: possible problems at the nuclear plant in St. Lucie. Tubes inside generators at the power plant show wear and tear that's 1,500 times greater than the norm.

FPL and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission insist nothing is wrong, but Daniel Hirsch, a nuclear policy lecturer at the University of California at Santa Cruz, told the Tampa Bay Times that generators at the St. Lucie facility are "falling apart" and "the damn thing is grinding down... They must be terrified internally."

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FPL to Put Power Lines in Everglades National Park?

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It's a very real possibility that Florida Power & Light could put power lines through Everglades National Park. These would bring power from the Turkey Point nuclear power plant to points northward. The only time to object in person is tonight, at a public meeting at Florida International University.

Here's the back story, as explained by Matt Schwartz, director of the South Florida Wildlands Association: a long time ago, Florida Power & Light bought up tracts of private land that ran north and south, expecting that one day it might need to add more power lines. Twenty-five years ago, with the Everglades National Park Protection and Expansion Act of 1989, park boundaries were expanded. Suddenly, FPL's land was now inside the park. Congress authorized the National Park Service to buy the land from FPL.

In 1996, the park service moved to buy the land for $110,000. The park service warned that if FPL didn't agree, the agency would move to seize the land through eminent domain.

For whatever reason, the park service never followed through on its threat, leaving us in a conundrum today.

See also: Oil Companies Are Planning to Drill in Florida Panther Habitat

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Florida Lawmakers Move to Let Fracking Companies Keep Secrets About Toxic Chemicals They'll Pump Into Ground

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Bills that throw a cloak of secrecy over fracking operations in Florida passed out of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee on Tuesday. The measures exempt from public disclosure the chemicals, which are rich in toxins, used in the process.

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- Florida Fracking: Sen. Jeff Clemens Says Name Your Poison


Hydraulic fracturing
, or "fracking," involves blasting millions of gallons of water and a chemical stew into the ground to fracture rock formations and release oil and gas. No fracking is currently underway in Florida, but it's on the horizon. Drilling applications have been granted for Collier and Hendry counties and applied for in Santa Rosa.


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