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While installing panels, Gwen Graham vows to push solar energy

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham spent a good part of Wednesday installing solar panels on roofs in Orlando, while vowing she’ll do all she can to make the Sunshine State a solar energy leader. It’s not one now. Florida’s solar energy generation per person falls somewhere between Illinois and Ohio, well behind such un-sunshiny states like Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Vermont, Delaware, and New Jersey, and far, far behind the national leaders of Arizona, Hawaii and Nevada, according to, a…

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U.S. Sugar rolls out sweet new home page

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The Clewiston-based U.S. Sugar Corp. has unveiled a new website, highlighting the work it does to protect the environment in the South Florida lands it plies to satisfy the nation’s sweet tooth. The new site, found at, outlines the company’s sugarcane and citrus operations and tells the story of its ongoing efforts to combine innovation and technology with sustainable farming in growing and processing sugarcane, citrus, and sweet corn. The site features aspects titled “Stewardship,” “Green Energy,” and “Phosphorous Reduction”…

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U.S. Sugar calls recent EPA cane burning complaint “baseless”

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An environmental activist group has filed a complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seeking a challenge to an air emissions permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to the U.S. Sugar Corp. Attorneys for Earthjustice filed the complaint Thursday, which seeks to include cane burning as part of DEP’s purview when issuing air emissions permits. In August, a similar petition by the Sierra Club was dismissed by DEP, which noted that the prescribed burns used for cane burning…

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Good read from Politico — Jeb in the ‘glades

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Amid a great deal of noise currently being made about the environment in Florida – from Amendment 1’s sweeping mandates on land and water preservation funding to reports that Gov. Rick Scott has outlawed any official discussion about climate change — one player not getting much burn in that arena these days is Jeb Bush. That’s strange, writes Michael Grunwald in POLITICO, because it was under Governor Bush that Florida took on the largest-scale conservation effort in American history, in South Florida’s Everglades. Wetlands were…

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