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For Immediate Release: November 8, 2016

Contact:

Pamela S. Goodman, President, League of Women Voters of Florida, PamelaSGoodman@gmail.com  (561)843-1233

Jennifer Rennicks, Floridians for Solar Choice, Jennifer@flsolarchoice.org  (865)235-1448

Sunshine State Voters Reject Anti-Solar Amendment 1

Multi-partisan grassroots coalition successfully leads a solar uprising to defeat $26 million utility-backed deceptive ballot measure


Tampa, Fla. – Today Florida voters rejected Amendment 1 – the utility-backed proposal that sought to limit the growth of customer-owned solar power in the Sunshine State.

In a true David and Goliath battle, a diverse grassroots coalition of more than 200 organizations, solar companies, elected officials, and thousands of concerned citizens successfully rallied nearly 50 percent of the state to vote against the deceptive utility-backed amendment. Constitutional amendments in Florida require 60 percent support

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Vote NO on 1

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WANT MORE SOLAR IN THE SUNSHINE STATE?
VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 1
Floridians should VOTE NO on Amendment 1 for three reasons:vote-no-on-1-3-boxes-snip

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Amendment 1 is funded by Florida’s big utilities to protect their monopoly markets and limit customer-owned solar.

Follow the money: Florida Power & Light (FPL), Duke Energy and other big power companies want to maintain their monopoly control on profits from electricity sales and limit customer-owned solar. Solar power is poised to grow in the Sunshine State, which would allow customers to generate their own power and buy less from the electric utilities. To date, the monopoly utilities have contributed the majority of the $20 million collected to promote this Amendment to protect their power sales all the while claiming they are “pro-solar.” In

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Meredith Barnard presentation on fracking in Florida


meredith-barnardMeredith Barnard gave an enlightening presentation October 27th to the Environmental Issues Group of LWVPBC. She discussed the fracking going on in our back yards here in south Florida.

Her background in Marine Science and Environmental Affairs has led her to the Conservancy of SW Florida. This environmental group is one of five that filed the lawsuit against the National Park Service expressing the need for comprehensive data required before, not after, issuing a permit to Burnett Oil Co to begin seismic testing in Big Cypress National Preserve. This land sits on the Biscayne Aquifer which provides clean water for over 7 million people in SW Florida.

Meredith will keep us informed with all the complexities involved in the lawsuit and the environmental natural resource policy issues. With

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President Obama- Paris Agreement on Climate Change- video

President Obama Marks an Historic Moment in
Our Global Efforts to Combat Climate Change

Watch the Video
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Update to Oil Legislation


The LWVPBC’s Environment Committee invites you to attend an informative presentation on the various effects of drilling for oil in Florida. Due to an upsurge in permit requests, residents must be aware of how fracking will:

  • Affect our water supply
  • Affect wetland habitat
  • Affect endangered species

 

Inappropriate Oil Drilling and Water Don’t Mix:

Update to Oil Legislation

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Meredith Barnard, Environmental Policy Analyst for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, will explain oil and gas extraction methods in Florida along with its impact on water and wildlife.

  • Thursday- Oct. 27th- 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Summit Library- 3650 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33406
  • Contact: Lorraine Zimmerman, PLZimm@bellsouth.net

 


 

Oil Drilling/Exploration may be in our back yard!

Know the effects of fracking in Florida’s

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Earth Could Reach Critical Climate Threshold in Decade, Scientists Warn

Meanwhile, new research discovers soil may not be trapping carbon as fast as we hoped
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Global greenhouse gas emissions are not likely to slow down quickly enough to avoid passing the 1.5°C target, scientists said. (Photo:Jamie McCaffrey/flickr/cc)

The planet could pass the critical 1.5°C global temperature threshold in a decade—and is already two-thirds of the way to hit that warming limit, climate scientists warned on Thursday.  Continue reading

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Flooding of Coast

Flooding of Coast

Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun Scientists’ warnings that the rise of the sea would eventually imperil the United States’ coastline are no longer theoretical.
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NORFOLK, Va. — Huge vertical rulers are sprouting beside low spots in the streets here, so people can judge if the tidal floods that increasingly inundate their roads are too deep to drive through.

Five hundred miles down the Atlantic Coast, the only road to Tybee Island, Ga., is disappearing beneath the sea several times a year, cutting the town off from the mainland. Read on…

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Oklahoma Earthquakes Article

TIME, March 2016:   OK Governor Mary Fallin chairs Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, creator of FracFocus.

by Josh Sanborn

 

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De-mystifying Ocean Acidification – Video

De-mystifying Ocean Acidification: 3 things to help you understand what’s going on

Ocean Acidification by the Alliance for Climate Education

Exceprt from the Coral Restoration Foundation article by Ashley Hill (Aug 25, 2016):
 Ocean acidification is a hefty buzz word in the marine science community. It was coined in 2003 by two climatologists and since then scientists have recognized its negative effects on corals, shellfish, and even plankton. Ocean acidification, or OA, is a direct result of increased amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The change in seawater chemistry becomes more noticeable as we continue to use fossil fuels. Let’s delve into exactly what’s happening and why it is a problem! Consider solutions to this problem as you read more
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Health Dangers of Fracking Revealed in Johns Hopkins Study

A new study out today from Johns Hopkins in Environmental Health Perspectives revealed associations between fracking and various health symptoms including nasal and sinus problems, migraines and fatigue in Pennsylvanians living near areas of natural gas development. The study suggests that residents with the highest exposure to active fracking wells are nearly twice as likely to suffer from the symptoms.  Read on

A natural gas rig side by side with homes in Washington County, Pennsylvania.B. Mark Schmerling

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