Category: Environment

Andrew Gillum: Algae and other environmental problems need science-based solutions

On the campaign trail, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum often claims to have a stronger environmental record than Republican opponent Ron DeSantis. Gillum supports banning fracking, talks about climate change solutions and bashes corporate polluters, including the sugar industry. He says his science-driven policies could prevent toxic algae blooms from polluting the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. (Read …

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U.S. ‘sugar cartel’ has secured an even sweeter deal

U.S. sugar producers received the third highest share of “trade-distorting” government aid in the world between 2015 and 2017, behind only Vietnam and the Philippines, according to data compiled by Jared Greenville, senior agricultural policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. In absolute terms, only China provided more aid to its sugar …

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State ignores SWFL mayors, increases flow from Lake O

Local leaders from Southwest Florida are teaming up to demand more be done to take care of the health and water quality in the Caloosahatchee River. Mayors from Sanibel, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Cape Coral, and Bonita Springs all joining in to oppose the recent decision from South Florida Water Management District that increases …

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Rick Scott booed out of restaurant over Florida’s red tide crisis

VENICE – Florida Governor Rick Scott lasted about 10 minutes at a restaurant this morning before crowds eventually booed him out the back door. Scott, who is currently running for Senate against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, was visiting Mojos Real Cuban in Venice, Florida, for a campaign stop when he was greeted by hundreds of protesters …

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New Ad Campaign Reminds Puerto Ricans Fracked Gas Exacerbates Climate Change and Hurricanes

TALLAHASSEE, FLA—The Sierra Club today released “Tu Isla Salvaría,” an animated Spanish language music video. The video reminds Puerto Ricans living in Florida of the role climate change plays in hurricanes like the ones that devastated the island last year, as well as Governor Scott and his Siting Board’s role in approving or rejecting the …

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COMMENTARY: Rick Scott’s disdain for the environment means he owns algae mess plaguing the state

Black is white. Day is night. Gov. Rick Scott has nothing to do with algae mess plaguing Florida. At least that’s what the Republican governor’s television ads slamming his opponent in the race for U.S. Senate say. Hahaha. That is like trying to blame world peace on Osama Bin Laden. Nobody with a grain of sense is buying it. …

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Red Tide arrives in Pinellas, killing hundreds of thousands of fish

Pinellas County environmental officials have reported hundreds of thousands of dead fish on and off the coast of area beaches stretching more than 20 miles from Clearwater to St. Petersburg, confirming that Red Tide has reached the Tampa Bay area. The first report of fish kills came from the city of Clearwater on Friday, said …

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Democrats decry Scott ‘stunt’ on environmental funding

Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that Sen. Mitch McConnell had agreed to a key project affecting Lake Okeechobee. Democrats blasted Scott for taking credit for a project that was already in a sweeping environmental package and pushed for by Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio. (Read more in

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