Environment

Environment

Environment

Climate and Environmental changes affect population trends, economic development, tourism, health (especially the health of children), food resources, temperature extremes, air quality, water quality and weather disasters like hurricanes, floods and sea level rise.  

Focus:

  • To promote governmental accountability and transparency regarding our precious, fragile Florida environment.

Chair: Lorraine Zimmerman (plzimm@bellsouth.net, 561-241-3264)

Meetings: The 4th Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm.

Location: The Summit Library in WPB,  3650 Summit Blvd, WPB 33406…

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Governor Rick Scott Signs Senate Bill 10

Governor Rick Scott Signs Senate Bill 10

Lake Okeechobee Restoration Plan  

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group

Governor Rick Scott Signs Senate Bill 10: Lake Okeechobee Restoration Plan

Governor Rick Scott and Senator Joe Negron at the signing of SB 10 in Palm Beach County by Lake Okeechobee.

On May 9th, Governor Rick Scott signed SB 10 into law and pledged $800 million in bonds toward Senate President Joe Negron’s signature project to restore Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades by building a reservoir south of the lake.  The project is designed to stop discharges of toxic algae into streams and estuaries to the east and west by storing 78 billion gallons of water in a smaller and deeper reservoir to the south, with treatment and ultimate discharge into the Everglades and Florida Bay.

 

Governor Scott’s ceremonial signing of the bill was held on Friday, May …

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Moving Solar Energy Forward in Florida

Moving Solar Energy Forward in Florida

By Kathy Panko

Deirdre Macnab, former President, League of Women Voters of Florida, and currently a member of Florida’s Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, spoke at the Palm Beach County Hot Topics Luncheon on May 17, 2017.  Hot Topic:  Solar for Florida!

Deirdre reported that Florida has fallen behind in solar home installations for two reasons:  Knowledge and Price.  But with citizen support and the passage of Amendment 4, tax breaks are now provided to solar homeowners. You should be aware of Florida’s laws:

  • Everyone/anyone can put solar on their roof.  HOA’s cannot prevent!
  • Utilities must offer NET METERING – they buy back unused power.
  • Residential solar installation costs are EXEMPT from both property and sales tax.

Deirdre explained that Florida Solar United Neighborhoods (FLSUN) is a non-profit that …

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Hot Topics: Solar Florida

Hot Topics: Solar Florida

MOVING SOLAR ENERY FORWARD IN FLORIDA

Deirdre Macnab, former President, League of Women Voters of Florida, and currently a member of Florida’s Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, spoke at the Palm Beach County Hot Topics Luncheon on May 17, 2017. Hot Topic: Solar for Florida!

Deirdre reported that Florida has fallen behind in solar home installations because of two key reasons: Knowledge and Price. Everyone should know Florida’s laws:

  • Everyone/anyone can put soar on their roof. HOA’s cannot prevent!
  • Utilities must offer NET METERING – they buy back unused power.
  • Residential solar installation costs are EXEMPT from both property and sales tax.

Video on Facebook-

Deirdre explained that Florida Solar United Neighborhoods (FLSUN) is a non-profit that educates Floridians about the benefits of …

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Solar Co-Ops

By Diane Marks

 

Florida Solar United NeighborhoodsIn the League of Women Voters, we educate on an issue and come to a consensus for what we will advocate. The League came to a consensus in 1992 on climate change – it does exist and is one of the most important issues for the future of the world.

From that, it was concluded that solar energy was good and cut the carbon footprint of those who used it.  However, when the League advocated for solar energy, the Legislators were not interested in talking about it.

Deirdre Macnab, past President of the Florida League and current Vice President for Natural Resources, decided that the way to get Legislators interested in solar was to increase the number of homes in Florida with solar.  Florida …

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Wind Energy For Florida

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group

wind energyLike solar, wind energy is the fastest growing energy source in the world, with the United States targeting to produce 20% of its electricity by wind power by 2030. There is no doubt that wind energy is going to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas in the coming decade, but to what extent can only be speculated.  Wind power is renewable and a clean source of energy that does not generate greenhouse gases, it uses no water resources and creates no waste by-products.  Wind doesn’t cost anything therefore operational costs are close to zero – once a turbine starts running.

Unfortunately, there are obstacles for wind development in Florida.  The state lacks steady, high quality onshore winds

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Another Sinkhole Alley Could Be Formed Along The Sabal Pipeline

By Diane Rice

Sinkhole AlleyIt is hard to believe that something as important as safeguarding our springs and our Florida aquifer and preventing another sinkhole alley could be determined by a few individuals outside the Florida legislature. And yet ….. that is what is happening, in spite of the fact that the Sabal Trail Pipeline sits mainly on limestone deposits and within 5 miles of over 100 sinkholes and underground springs as viewed on the map, professionally developed by Fractracker Alliance, available at Fractracker.org.

And though FPL would like you to believe the natural gas pipeline is needed for the future of electricity production in Florida — it is highly improbable that all the natural gas would be used to make electricity as forecast usage for 2020 would be …

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Slams Science Deniers

Watch the video on EcoWatch.NdGTyson video

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Filtering a Plastic Ocean

After 50 years of dumping plastics in the ocean, our seas are returning deadly microplastic particles to our beaches all over the world. This short film, Filtering A Plastic Ocean, explores the impact these tiny plastics, laced with toxic chemicals, have on marine wildlife and human health, and profiles ocean activist Marc Ward whose simple invention is making beaches safer for people around the world. Read More…

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The State of Water

The State of Water

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group                       

Water is our most precious natural resource. The average American uses about 2,088 gallons in 24 hours.  That’s not only tap water, but includes food, clothes, and even newspapers/magazines, which all have a cost in water.  For example, a half-pound burger comes from a cow that consumed 220 gallons of water; it takes about 700 gallons to make a shirt; a pair of pants take about 2,000 gallons from seed to cotton; and a newspaper/magazine is made of trees, ink, and printing presses, which soar water usage. Life is thirsty and drinks way more water than we realize. Earth’s population grows 1.2% every year, but the total amount of water on earth remains the same. This is all we have, so we

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