A controversy is brewing in Florida following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. Many people in the state thought their rooftop solar systems would keep the lights on and the air conditioning running even after Irma knocked out power to millions of customers in the state. But it didn’t quite turn out that way. By Steve Hanley In […]
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The stock market is zooming this morning on the news that only 5.7 million people in Florida will have to do without air conditioning, hot showers, and Keurig mochachinos at dawn’s early light Monday, Sept 11, 2017. I’m mindful that the news cycle right after a hurricane goes kind of blank for a day or […]
The Tampa Bay area appears to be in the direct path of Hurricane Irma, which may remain a category 4 hurricane when it comes ashore in Florida this weekend. Irma has already killed at least 18 people in the Caribbean on Barbuda, St Martin, and the British Virgin Islands, where this biggest hurricane in at […]
With Hurricane Irma’s landfall in Florida now seemingly unavoidable, one of the state’s electric utilities, Florida Power & Light (FPL), has announced that it is shutting down its two nuclear power plants as a precaution. By James Ayre The two nuclear facilities in question — the Turkey Point plant and the St Lucie plant — together […]
Nuclear power in the US took another hit last week, as Florida’s Duke Energy announced it is abandoning plans for the Levy Nuclear Project and will build more solar power plants instead. It is also taking other measures to increase the amount of renewable energy available to its customers in the Sunshine State. The announcement came […]
Bernie Sanders may have had a disappointing night March 15, but he’s not going away. After watching Hillary Clinton sweep all five states (including photo-finishes in Missouri and Illinois), Sanders insists he’ll continue the fight.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders showdown in Ohio, N. Carolina, Florida, Illinois, and Missouri primary results
By Jeremy Bloom + Alex Samuels HILLARY WINS – Florida, North Carolina, Ohio SANDERS – leading in Missouri, close in Illinois On the Democratic side of today’s primaries, there are two distinct possibilities: Hillary Clinton could sweep all five major races (Ohio, Florida, Illinois, N Carolina and Missouri). Or it could be a mixed decision, […]
Make-or-break Tuesday for Kasich and Rubio in Ohio, N. Carolina Florida, and Illinois GOP primary results
By Jeremy Bloom + Alex Samuels TRUMP WINS FLORIDA, ILLINOIS, NORTH CAROLINA, and takes a buttload of delegates. KASICH WINS OHIO. UPDATE Rubio is out, after failing miserably in his home state and bombing in the rest of the country. It remains to be seen whether Kasich can even slow down the wheels of the […]
By Meteor Blades Twenty-nine states across the nation have mandatory renewables portfolio standards in place. These require that a certain percentage of electricity consumed in the state be generated by renewables—solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, tidal, hydropower—by a certain date. Seven other states have non-binding standards. Some of these RPS are aggressive, so much so that […]
By Bruce McF Indeed, high-speed rail is sexy enough that when Big Oil propagandizes against it, they have to paint it as too expensive or something that America is too incompetent to handle, since the idea of sitting in an actually comfortable rail seat, watching a movie on a laptop or snacking on a sandwich […]
How are the GOP governors who rejected high-speed rail projects doing? Buyer’s remorse has set in spectacularly swiftly – from Wisconsin to Florida, their approval ratings have a trajectory like locomotive plunging off a trestle.
The bad news: Those states handed the GOP the car keys and said “YOU drive for the next four years”. Now they’re stuck with the results.
It’s all over for high-speed rail in Florida.
The Tampa to Orlando line had the backing of everyone from business to the state’s Republican legislators; but Rick Scott, the new Tea Party-backed governor, blocked it as a “big government boondoggle”. Today the Transportation Department announced that the money will go elsewhere.
In two states, bills are making their way through the legislature that will deal with bad publicity affecting factory farms in a novel way.
It turns out that folks don’t like to buy meat if they hear about the horrible, inhumane way in which it’s been raised. But rather than clean up their act, big ag has decided the problem isn’t disgusting business practices – it’s videos of disgusting business practices. So they’ll make THOSE illegal.
The pandering and posturing continue on high-speed rail. In Florida, Tea Party-backed governor Rick Scott ended weeks of dithering Wednesday and outright rejected the $2.4 billion in Federal funding for the Orlando to Tampa line, calling it a “boondoggle” the state couldn’t afford in these tough times. He follows in the footsteps of GOP anti-rail […]
The score so far: Ideology-driven governors in New Jersey, Wisconsin and Ohio have turned down scads of Federal money for rail projects. They say their states can’t afford the small portion they were slated to contribute, and so they have blown off more than a billion dollars in funding, and the job creation that would […]