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Hundreds gather in Tampa for March on Climate

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Hundreds gathered in downtown Tampa Saturday morning to protest the Trump administration’s stance on climate change. A similar scene was duplicated in twenty other cities around Florida, with hundreds more across the nation. “We know that climate change is happening. That’s why we’re here today,” said Dana Lazarus, the climate change organizer for Organize Now, as she kicked off the event at Lykes Gaslight Park. “And we cannot let climate change deniers keep us from saving our planet and our city, right? Because…

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Environment Florida wants Bill Nelson to reject Scott Pruitt as EPA head

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Scott Pruitt is one step closer to being the next leader of the Environmental Protection Agency. On Thursday, Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 11-0 to confirm Pruitt, who serves as Oklahoma Attorney General. Democrats on the committee boycotted the vote. Pruitt, a climate change skeptic, was one of 14 attorneys general suing the EPA over regulations to limit carbon emissions put in place by the Obama administration. The entire Senate will vote on his confirmation next week and the advocacy…

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Jack Latvala says he’ll support legislation banning fracking again in 2017 Session

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State Sen. Jack Latvala opposed a bill to regulate the use of fracking in the 2016 Session, and in the upcoming Session, he’ll support legislation that would do so again. “I’m where I was last year,” he said when asked about the controversial practice to extract natural gas and oil out of the ground. “I helped beat it last year, so … I’m in the same place, and I’ll support a bill to ban it,” the Clearwater Republican said while exiting Sunlake High School…

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Pinellas Commission’s next step in banning fracking – ban drilling wells

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Pinellas commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to hold a public hearing on a proposal to ban fracking in the county. The public hearing would be the final step before the commission would vote whether to enact an embargo. Although commissioners were wholeheartedly for the fracking ban, some wondered if the prohibition goes far enough. They wondered if the county should also ban exploratory well drilling in the county and the portion of the Gulf that comes under their jurisdiction. “I think…

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St. Petersburg looks to ‘quickly pass’ anti-fracking ordinance

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Three St. Petersburg lawmakers stood with Environment Florida and others Thursday to oppose fracking during a news conference on the steps of City Hall. The event, attended by City Council members Steve Kornell, Darden Rice and Karl Nurse, also served to call attention to an upcoming ordinance designed to ban fracking and the storage of fracking wastewater within the St. Petersburg city limits. Kornell, one of the driving forces behind the proposal, said he expects it to come before the St.…

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New data map shows all but one Florida county suffered a weather disaster over the past five years

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Environmental researchers at Eckerd College released data showing nearly every single Floridian lives in a county where weather-related disasters have been declared over the past five years. The Hitting Close to Home online map shows all but one of Florida’s 67 counties had a severe weather event declared a disaster by either the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Only Indian River County on Florida’s East coast averted disaster. “From massive floods to severe rain storms…

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Toast to the Bay/Dump into the Bay: Jennifer Rubiello and new Pier haters

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Toast to the Bay: Jennifer Rubiello A fracking bill that would have made the practice legal in Florida and preempt cities and other local governments from passing ordinances interfering with that law died in the state Senate this week. Locally, the biggest champion for that was Environment Florida’s Jennifer Rubiello. The young environmentalist traveled to Tallahassee to speak with lawmakers about the dangers of fracking. Among her messaging points: There’s no safe way to regulate hydraulic fracturing and it leads…

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