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  • Pinellas Board of County Commissioners pass resolution opposing fracking | Environment Florida
    Water for America Solar For All Global Warming Solutions NO BEES NO FOOD 100 Renewable Energy News Action Jobs Donate News Release Contact Jennifer Rubiello Environment Florida Pinellas Board of County Commissioners pass resolution opposing fracking For Immediate Release Tuesday March 1 2016 St Peterburg FL Last week Pinellas County became the 81st local government to pass a resolution against fracking Pinellas is the densest county in the state covering the cities of Clearwater and St Petersburg Opposition to fracking has rapidly grown over the past several months as the Florida Legislature considers pro fracking legislation Already cities and counties labors groups and environmentalists have spoken out in opposition to the bill which was recently held back in committee on a bipartisan vote but could resurface before the day s end Jennifer Rubiello director of Environment Florida issued the following statement At the same time the Florida Legislature is considering a bill that would open the door to fracking in our state and preempt local governments Pinellas County joined the growing list of counties and cities to formally oppose this dirty drilling We thank Pinellas County s seven commissioners who voted unanimously in support of clean water and a healthy

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  • News Releases | Environment Florida
    pro fracking bill Fracking the controversial drilling technique that uses chemicals to break up rock and stimulate the flow of oil and gas was kept at bay in Florida today after Sen Richter R Collier County abandoned his bill Senate Bill 318 The measure had been up for reconsideration today after a bipartisan group of Senators defeated it last Thursday in committee Read more about After bipartisan defeat last week Florida senator abandons pro fracking bill News Release Environment Florida Bipartisan group of legislators defeat pro fracking bill in state Senate clean water advocates celebrate A bipartisan coalition of state senators beat back an attempt to advance fracking in the state of Florida voting down Senate Bill 318 on a key panel 10 to 9 Read more about Bipartisan group of legislators defeat pro fracking bill in state Senate clean water advocates celebrate News Release Environment Florida Report highlights potential for solar energy on big box stores Environment Florida released a report today showing tremendous potential for solar installations on big box retailers grocery stores and shopping centers Read more about Report highlights potential for solar energy on big box stores News Release Environment Florida Florida ranks 8th in Solar

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news?page=1 (2016-05-01)
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  • News Releases | Environment Florida
    a resolution against fracking The resolution opposes some of the most egregious parts of Senate Bill 318 including the preemption of local governments ability to regulate all facets of oil and gas extraction and exploration Read more about Hillsborough County Commissioners pass unanimous resolution against fracking News Release Environment America Clean water wins as Congress rejects budget rider Due to overwhelming public support the Clean Water Rule has now withstood every attack that polluters could muster in Congress the Barrasso bill the CRA measure and now an attempted budget rider Polluters and their allies have played all their dirty water cards in Congress and lost Read more about Clean water wins as Congress rejects budget rider News Release Environment Florida Map 99 of Floridians live in counties affected by storms floods or other weather disasters Ninety nine percent of Floridians live in counties affected recently by weather related disasters including storms floods and other weather disasters according to new interactive map using data from the federal government Scientists say global warming is already exacerbating some extreme weather events and their impacts Read more about Map 99 of Floridians live in counties affected by storms floods or other weather disasters News Release Environment Florida Pres Obama rejects Keystone XL ST PETERSBURG Fla In a widely anticipated decision today President Obama rejected construction of the Keystone XL pipeline designed to transport tar sands from Canada across the United States Climate activists had fought for years against the project which State Department officials estimated would produce 26 million metric tons of carbon pollution each year the equivalent of 5 7 million cars Read more about Pres Obama rejects Keystone XL News Release Environment Florida Congress carried polluters dirty water today but ultimately clean water will win One day after failing to adopt a

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news?page=2 (2016-05-01)
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  • News Releases | Environment Florida
    Call on Sen Rubio to Act on Climate News Release Environment Florida New report ranks Florida 1 for boating ST PETERSBURG Fla Florida ranks 1 for boating according to new data issued today by Environment Florida More than 37 million people visit Florida waterways like Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough River for boating fishing kayaking and more The Summer Fun Index comes as a new rule protecting thousands of waterways across the state takes effect Read more about New report ranks Florida 1 for boating News Release Environment Florida Obama administration issues rule to help protect Florida s lakes and rivers ST PETERSBURG Fla Twenty nine percent of Florida s streams including those feeding Lake Okeechobee and the Hillsborough River will regain federal protections under a final rule signed today by top Obama administration officials The Clean Water Rule restores Clean Water Act safeguards to streams and wetlands that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly ten years Read more about Obama administration issues rule to help protect Florida s lakes and rivers News Release Environment Florida Research and Policy Center Florida s Biggest Polluters Spending 13 8 Million to Pollute Politics ST PETERSBURG Fla Environment Florida released its Polluting Politics report shortly after the introduction of a House bill to block the EPA s clean water rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways in Florida and across the country Read more about Florida s Biggest Polluters Spending 13 8 Million to Pollute Politics News Release Environment Florida Small Businesses Elected Officials and Environmental Groups Stand Together for Stronger Clean Water Protections ST PETERSBURG Fla As tourists head south for the winter season in search of warm weather and outdoor activities Environment Florida and Gulf Restoration Network stood together to highlight the tens of

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news?page=3 (2016-05-01)
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  • News Releases | Environment Florida
    Florida s 2nd district Read more about Environment Florida Endorses Gwen Graham for Congress News Release Environment Florida New report Florida coal plants 2nd in country TALLAHASSEE Fla As international leaders prepare for the United Nations Climate Summit next week in New York a new study shows Florida s coal fired power plants dump as much carbon pollution into the atmosphere as the entire country of Chile Read more about New report Florida coal plants 2nd in country News Release Environment Florida Research Policy Center Florida lags behind leading solar states ST PETERSBURG Fla Florida lags behind other leading solar states in solar power per capita according to a new report released today by Environment Florida Research Policy Center and its national federation The report Lighting the Way The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America s Solar Energy Boom in 2013 shows strong solar growth across the nation and ranks the states on the amount of solar per capita through 2013 While solar in Florida grew from186 megawatts in 2012 to 213 megawatts in 2013 a 7 percent increase it lags substantially behind other states ranking 19th in the nation for the amount of solar per capita in 2013 Nationwide solar capacity tripled in the last two years to more than 12 000 megawatts Read more about Florida lags behind leading solar states News Release Environment Florida Big Milestones in the Fight to Keep Dirty Drilling Out of Florida TAMPA Fla The campaign to keep Big Cypress and the Everglades safe from drilling and acid fracking saw two important milestones Read more about Big Milestones in the Fight to Keep Dirty Drilling Out of Florida News Release Environment Florida New Climate Science Report Warns of Increased Risk Need for Action TAMPA Fla The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change officially

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news?page=4 (2016-05-01)
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  • News Releases | Environment Florida
    EPA Proposes Biggest Step for Clean Water in a Decade News Release Environment Florida Research Policy Center Clean Energy Is Cutting Carbon But Florida Lags WEST PALM BEACH Fla With South Florida ground zero when it comes to some of the worst impacts of global warming from rising seas to disappearing Everglades Congressional delegates Frankel and Murphy along with local elected leaders joined Environment Florida Research Policy Center today to call for more state and national action in the fight to cut carbon pollution Speakers gathered at Florida Atlantic University s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center to release a new report Moving America Forward that highlight s the impact of the Clean Cars Program and other measures that have helped Florida reduce its emissions Read more about Clean Energy Is Cutting Carbon But Florida Lags News Release Environment Florida EPA extends public comment period after hundreds gather to fight drilling and acid fracking in the Everglades NAPLES Fla The U S Environmental Protection Agency extended the public comment period last night to March 31st after over 300 Floridians turned out to a public hearing at the Golden Gate Community Center in Naples Florida to voice their concern for drilling and acid fracking in Big Cypress Swamp watershed and near Everglades National Park Read more about EPA extends public comment period after hundreds gather to fight drilling and acid fracking in the Everglades News Release Environment Florida Research and Policy Center Environment Florida Releases New Booklet of Personal Stories from Residents on the Frontlines of Fracking as EPA Hearing Nears TAMPA Fla As the debate over fracking mounts in Florida residents on the frontlines of fracking in Pennsylvania today recounted their stories of illness water contamination and damage to their livelihoods due to dirty drilling operations Environment Florida Research Policy Center

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news?page=5 (2016-05-01)
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  • News Releases | Environment Florida
    the Numbers New Environment Florida Research and Policy Center Report First to Quantify Threat of Gas Drilling News Release Environment Florida Environment Florida Rallies Citizens Scientists and Farmers to Call on EPA to Follow Sound Science Protect Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough River TAMPA Fla In an effort to increase protections for waterways like Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough River Environment Florida helped deliver over 100 000 public comments and letters nationwide to the US Environmental Protection Agency all calling for increased protections for waterways across the state Read more about Environment Florida Rallies Citizens Scientists and Farmers to Call on EPA to Follow Sound Science Protect Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough River News Release Environment Florida Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough River are Haunted by Nitrogen and Fecal Coliform TAMPA Fla On the shores of the Hillsborough River Environment Florida and the Gulf Restoration Network held an event to release Ten Scary Facts About Florida Water a new factsheet which compiles 10 of the most frightening realities about pollution in the area s most iconic waterways Read more about Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough River are Haunted by Nitrogen and Fecal Coliform News Release Environment Florida Research Policy Center Florida Ranks 3rd for Global Warming Pollution from Power Plants TAMPA Fla On the heels of increasingly severe weather events a new report from Environment Florida Research Policy Center finds that Florida ranks 3rd in the country for most carbon pollution from power plants the state s largest single source of global warming pollution Scientists predict that extreme weather events will become more frequent and severe for future generations without action to reduce the carbon pollution fueling the problem Read more about Florida Ranks 3rd for Global Warming Pollution from Power Plants News Release Environment Florida Sunshine State Lags Behind

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news?page=6 (2016-05-01)
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  • News Releases | Environment Florida
    taking 12 6 million cars off the road or shutting down 15 coal fired power plants Read more about Energy Efficient Buildings Would Reduce Global Warming Pollution Save Florida Families 590 Annually News Release Obama Administration to Protect Americans Health by Setting Carbon Pollution Standardsfor New Power Plants The U S Environmental Protection Agency EPA today proposed historic new limits on carbon pollution from new power plants Carbon pollution fuels global warming which leads to poor air quality that triggers asthma attacks and other respiratory problems Scientists also predict that global warming will lead to more devastating floods more deadly heat waves and the spread of infectious diseases Coal fired power plants are the largest single source of carbon pollution in the U S yet there are currently no federal limits on this pollution from power plants The standard proposed today will correct that for new power plants by limiting their emissions of carbon pollution Read more about Obama Administration to Protect Americans Health by Setting Carbon Pollution Standardsfor New Power Plants News Release Environment Florida President Obama EPA Protect Public Health Announce Landmark Mercury Standard for Power Plants President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency EPA announced the first ever nationwide standard for mercury and air toxics pollution from power plants A record 907 000 Americans submitted comments on the standard which is expected to cut toxic mercury pollution from power plants by 90 percent Read more about President Obama EPA Protect Public Health Announce Landmark Mercury Standard for Power Plants News Release Environment Florida Research Policy Center Fossil Fuel Stranglehold on Climate in Congress Need Not Thwart U S Progress Despite the political dominance of fossil fuel interests and their effective veto of any progress on energy and climate policy in Congress the U S can dramatically reduce

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news?page=7 (2016-05-01)
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