Environment

Environment
5:51 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Senate panel mulls, then kills alternative power plant funding

A proposal to revamp the state’s energy policy passed out of the Senate agricultural committee Monday and is one stop away from the Senate Floor.  James Call reports, the proposal is moving forward without a late filed amendment that would have implemented a major change in the way customers pay for new power plants.

 

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Environment
6:41 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Legislature debates Florida's energy future

Florida lawmakers are looking into what the state’s energy future should hold. Experts agree the state should have a diverse energy portfolio, but Regan McCarthy reports some disagree on how quickly the state should start shifting more of its energy dependence on to renewable sources.

Focusing the state’s energy efforts on renewable energy is a matter of national security—that’s according to Reamonn Soto, a marine serving in the reserves.

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Environment
8:29 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Fasano's push to kill nuclear cost recovery dies

A Senate Committee Monday rejected an attempt to block utilities from collecting money from customers for proposed nuclear power plants that may never be built.  James Call reports the move to repeal a 2006 law known as advanced nuclear cost recovery was made by New Port Richey Senator Mike Fasano who says the practice is unfair to consumers.

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Environment
2:37 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Pythons hunt Florida mammals

Ranger holding a Python in Florida's Everglades National Park
Buzzle.com

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows Pythons and other big snakes are wiping out a huge number of mammals in the Everglades. Florida Public Radio’s Trimmel Gomes reports medium-sized mammals like rabbits and raccoons have all but disappeared from Everglades National Park.

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Environment
7:04 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Senate moves forward with energy diversification proposal

A Senate committee moved forward with a bill Monday that raises the possibility of cutting the state's reliance on natural gas to fuel power plants and also includes tax incentives for renewable-energy companies.  James Call reports Senators appear confident that they can develop a state energy policy but advocates for renewable and alternative sources of energy are calling on lawmakers to develop a bolder policy.

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