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Trump Resistance Roadshow, Earth2Trump, coming to St. Pete

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Earth2Trump, a cross-country roadshow heading to Washington, D.C., that organizers say will build a vast network of resistance to incoming President Trump is coming to St. Petersburg. The tour is organized by the Center for Biological Diversity in coordination with Food and Water Watch, Sierra Club, Service Employees International Union, Suncoast Waterkeeper, Caloosa Riverkeeper, and many more local groups. Beginning today in Oakland and Seattle, a pair of Earth2Trump roadshows plan to  tour the country, stopping in 16 cities as…

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Environmental activists to protest construction of Sabal Trail pipeline

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While many eyes were turned to Standing Rock as Native Americans and others protested the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, others were fighting a pipeline closer to home. The Sabal Trail underground pipeline starts in Alabama, crosses Georgia and winds its way down Florida to its endpoint in central Florida. The 515-mile natural gas pipeline is a joint venture of Spectra Energy Corp., NextEra Energy and Duke Energy. The goal is to bring services for the power generation needs…

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Rick Kriseman sets next steps to reach 100 percent clean energy goal

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St. Petersburg became the first Florida city last month to sign on to the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign, which seeks to convert the city to 100 percent renewable, green energy. Mayor Rick Kriseman on Friday set out the first steps the city is taking to reach that goal. It’s an initiative he calls the Integrated Sustainability Action Plan. The city has earmarked $250,000 for the ISAP. First on the ISAP list is an overall energy audit to help…

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Voters in Florida face crucial solar power decisions

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Voters in sun-bathed Florida will face a decision Tuesday that could weigh heavily on the use — and cost — of solar power in the state. The solar power industry is opposed to Amendment 1, a proposal to amend the state constitution that will appear on the ballot as “Florida Solar Energy Subsidies and Personal Solar Use Initiative.” Utilities — including Florida Power & Light Co. — have spent upward of $20 million trying to get the amendment on the…

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Sierra Club endorses Jennifer Webb

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The Florida Sierra Club has endorsed Jennifer Webb in her campaign for the State House District 69 seat. “We are confident Jennifer Webb will stand up against big oil and gas interests and take environmental positions which are aligned with her local constituents’ best interests,” Sierra Club spokesman Dave Harbeitner said. “She understands Florida’s natural environment is a precious asset and needs to be protected so it can remain one of the most important parts of our economy in the…

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Sierra Club, gay and lesbian group call out Kathleen Peters on environmental transparency

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The Sierra Club and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund have accused state Rep. Kathleen Peters of hypocrisy in her recent call for public notice of contamination. Peters’ proposed legislation, they say, is just a Band-Aid for a deeper problem and does nothing to hold polluters accountable. In addition, the two groups say Peters has accepted thousands in donations from Mosaic and the oil and gas industry. The organizations’ charges come in the wake of Peters’ recent announcement that she…

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Tampa millennials talk about Hillary Clinton’s infrastructure proposals

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Although discussions of public policy seems to be taking a backseat during this presidential election cycle, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have announced they would propose major plans to rebuild U.S. infrastructure if elected in November. Clinton has announced a five-year, $275 billion plan, and last month, Trump announced his own infrastructure plan would “at least double” Clinton’s plan. But does anyone know what’s in those plans? The Clinton campaign hosted a panel featuring Tampa millennials and former elected lawmakers Monday…

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