Florida congresswoman calls on DOJ to investigate Florida utility company over ‘dark money’ claims
FPL Crews from Florida Power & Light are ready to respond to power outages due to Tropical Storm Isaias. (Florida Power & Light)ORLANDO, Fla. — A U.S. congresswoman is asking the Department of Justice to investigate Florida Power & Light over claims that the utility used “dark money” to disguise sources of political funding and sway elections in Florida, as well as other allegations documented in recent news reports. Last month, Florida news outlets reported that the Alabama consultants had covertly surveilled a Florida Times-Union columnist whose coverage was deemed to be critical of FPL. According to the Sentinel, the Alabama consultants were at the center of “ghost” candidate efforts in Florida. Alvarado has been notified by South Florida prosecutors that he is a target of their investigation, which has already led to the indictment of former lawmaker Frank Artiles, according to the Sentinel.wftv.com
Congress votes to reinstate methane rules loosened by Trump
Congressional Democrats have approved a measure reinstating rules aimed at limiting climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas drilling, a rare effort by Democrats to use the legislative branch to overturn a regulatory rollback under President Donald Trump.
Trump wins Florida; voters raise minimum wage to $15
— District 3: Republican Kat Cammack has won Florida’s U.S. House seat held by her former boss, retiring Florida Republican Rep. Ted Yoho. He defeated Democrat Donna Deegan, a former television news anchor who has worked to raise money for breast cancer research and to help patients. — District 15: Republican Scott Franklin has won Florida Rep. Ross Spano’s seat in the U.S. House. Deutch was first elected in 2010 and represents a firmly Democratic district that includes parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties. A supermajority of Florida voters approved the amendment to the Florida Constitution that will raise Florida’s minimum wage from the current $8.56 an hour to $15 an hour by 2026.
Dem climate plan would end greenhouse gas emissions by 2050
The plan, put forth Tuesday in a 538-page report, sets a range of targets, including a 45% reduction by 2030 of the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. The plan also would require that new cars sold by 2035 emit no greenhouse gases, while heavy-duty trucks would eliminate those emissions by 2040. The plan would eliminate overall emissions from the power sector by 2040 and all but eliminate greenhouse emissions from all economic sectors by 2050. "Democrats know the climate crisis is the essential crisis of our time, threatening public health, jobs and the economy, national security and values,'' Pelosi said Tuesday at a Capitol news conference. Even with all of these problems, the climate crisis stands out, Democrats said.
Deepwater Horizon oil-spill anniversary spurs calls for 'clean energy' in Florida
click to enlarge Photo via USCG/Wikimedia CommonsVessels equipped with water cannons fought the devastating Deepwater Horizon fire for days. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., said the focus on building a stronger economy coming out of COVID, coming out of the BP (Deepwater Horizon) catastrophe has to be based on clean energy.We know how to do this. I used to be able to joke that New Jersey had more installed solar capacity than Florida. But supporters of drilling, including the petroleum industry, say domestic energy production creates jobs and is a national security issue.In 2018, then-U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke traveled to Tallahassee to announce that Florida would be exempt from Trumps offshore drilling plans.orlandoweekly.com