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Energy Quote of the Day: On Florida's Climate Change Denial

March 14, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Florida, Climate Change, and Public Relations

First reported in an article by Tristram Korten, officials at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the same agency who is tasked to study the climate and prepare for natural disasters, were told that they were “not allowed to discuss anything that was not a true fact.”[read more]

Let's Keep Florida Breathable

August 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Environmental Action

Last week former environmental officials released a statement supporting Governor Rick Scott’s “Let’s Keep Florida Beautiful” conservation plan. While conservation is a worthy goal, it will mean very little if state leaders don’t also develop a plan focused on addressing climate change.[read more]

Let's Get to Work on a Strong Plan to Protect Floridians from Carbon Pollution

August 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Carbon Pollution Mitigation

Over the course of our campaign to encourage Florida Governor Rick Scott to develop a strong plan for meeting the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan standards, I have been heartened to hear about the efforts of so many in Florida to make reducing carbon pollution.[read more]

Florida's Energy Efficiency and Solar Resources Are Ripe For The Picking

August 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Green Energy

Florida’s energy efficiency and solar energy resources are as plentiful as the fruit on their trees. Taking advantage of these resources will not only help Florida, a state uniquely vulnerable to climate change, comply with the Clean Power Plan. It will do all kinds of great things for the Sunshine State.[read more]

Floridians Should be Empowered to Help Fight Climate Change

August 10, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Climate Change

Things are definitely picking up steam in Florida and on a wide variety of efforts to urge Governor Rick Scott to come up with a strong plan for reducing carbon pollution. Since the release of the National Climate Assessment, there has been a growing concern among Floridians about the impacts of climate change.[read more]

Florida is Drowning in Flood Insurance Risk

September 6, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida Flooding Folly

Growing up in the sunshine state, you get used to floods, rain storms, and hurricanes. However, the severity and frequency of storms are a growing concern. Extreme weather is becoming increasingly common and we Floridians are going to have to pay the price.[read more]

Pitching Nuclear Energy: The Value of New Plant Construction [VIDEO]

May 17, 2013 by Rod Adams

North American Young Generations in Nuclear group

It will take me several days to digest all of the things I learned and heard at the Nuclear Energy Assembly, both from the podium and in the valuable “hallway conversations.”[read more]

Duke Energy Merger: Big Changes for Energy Efficiency in Florida

September 14, 2012 by John Wilson

Several weeks ago, I wrote about how the struggle for the future of utilities is reflected in the continuing drama of the Duke – Progress utility merger. I wrote on the occasion of a North Carolina investigation into the closure of the merger. With the drama of a CEO switch receding into yesterday’s news (perhaps), attention is...[read more]

New Cuban Crisis Threatens Florida's Coasts

February 5, 2012 by NRDC Switchboard

Ever since Cuba’s intent to drill within 70 miles of Florida’s coast has become known, concerned Floridians have been reeling with how to protect our treasured Florida Keys. For many Floridians, this is a very charged issue. It’s no secret that having Cuba drill for oil is itself a hugely political issue-- exiles and many others outraged...[read more]

Detangling two fast moving stories about nuclear

February 3, 2012 by Dan Yurman

A series of breaking news reports, followed by energetic denials, create confusion about the status of two new nuclear reactor projects Two fast moving stories caught people by surprise this week.  First, the Salt Lake City Tribune reported that a key investor in the privately-held Blue Castle nuclear reactor project was being...[read more]

States Thwart Their Own Energy Efficiency Laws

October 24, 2011 by John Wilson

Just a brief update for those who are interested in why Florida is moving so slowly on energy efficiency. As recently noted by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, “regulators in Florida … took actions to render their energy savings target ineffective.” Similarly in response, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is protesting the regulatory decision to effectively eviscerate the energy efficiency goals set by the Florida Public Service Commission for Florida Power and Light and Progress Energy Florida.[read more]

Why The Southeast Needs To Catch Up On Energy Efficiency

June 23, 2011 by John Wilson

Recently, we shared the great news that most utility customers across the Southeastern states that we focus on have or will very soon have access to meaningful energy efficiency programs. By 2015, these efficiency programs are projected to achieve energy savings ten times what they were just a few years ago. Energy efficiency savings...[read more]

The Top 10 Solar States

May 18, 2011 by Reginald Norris

The New York Times recently published its top 10 solar states in the United States for 2010, ranking states based on installed solar power capacity. Most people will not be surprised to see a number of western states on the list but they might be surprised to see so many eastern states making noise on the list as well.To begin,...[read more]

Two Letters from Key West

June 11, 2010 by Osha Davidson

The Florida Keys reef tract is visible as the arc of light-colored shallows spreading westward from the southern tip of the peninsula. (Photo by Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA, Johnson Space Center.) The first “letter” is actually the preface to a book about coral reefs that I wrote a decade ago. In it, I recall my...[read more]

FL panhandle GOP no longer supports ‘drill baby drill’

May 9, 2010 by Joseph Romm

Florida Panhandle politicians who had been ardent offshore drilling advocates are changing their tune as the BP oil disaster begins harming their constituents.  Wonk Room’s Brad Johnson has the story in this repost. The Senate-energy-committee-approved ACELA (S. 1462) would lift the moratorium on drilling in the Pensacola and...[read more]