Environmentalists seek to halt construction of natural gas pipeline through Central Florida.

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/radioactivity/~3/kpzhv4lzRto/wmnf_161024_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei Recently there have been protests against the construction of the Sabal Trail Pipeline, a 515-mile natural gas line that, once completed, will cut through Alabama, Georgia, and Central Florida. Our first guest on Radioactivity Monday was Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, Organizing Representative of the Sierra Club, says that the pipeline threatens lands sacred to Native Americans, fragile… Read more »

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Florida solar amendment could “completely negate” future solar proposals: tape

A newly unearthed audio tape is giving credence to the idea that the solar amendment on November’s ballot in Florida was designed to mislead voters and would “completely negate” future solar power initiatives. The left-leaning group Center for Media and Democracy has published a talk from this month by a vice president with the James… Read more »

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO; Consumers for Smart Solar PAC defends utilities-backed Amendment 1.

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_161012_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Our first guest on Radioactivity Wednesday was Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO. It’s the largest union federation in the US, representing more than 12 million active and retired workers. Trumka is a former coal miner and an attorney who was elected president of the AFL-CIO in 2009. He gave his take  on Trump’s stance… Read more »

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Why are Florida’s big utilities companies backing amendment 1 for solar energy choice?

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160929_110618_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday we look at Amendment 1, also known as “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice”, that is being back by 4 large for-profit utility companies: Florida Power and Light, Duke Energy, Tampa Electric and Gulf Power. Why would these utility companies, who mostly make their money off of coal,… Read more »

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Florida This Week; Florida AG Pam Bondi Would Not Fight Trump U But She Is Fighting The Clean Power Plan

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160926_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday, we  first listened back to the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political discussion show on local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode, our panel of political experts and insiders discuss the hottest stories in Florida news and politics: Calls for… Read more »

Women’s Show – Florida Phosphates and the new National Museum of African American History and Culture 9/22

Have you been following the massive sinkhole – just 30 miles east of Tampa in New Wales? JACLYN LOPEZ, Florida Director, Staff Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity. Jacki thinks Florida may be beginning to wake up to its massive phosphate mining problems.  The sinkhole has already caused at least 215 million gallons of contaminated water to… Read more »

DIY Solar on the Sustainable Living program

On Monday’s WMNF Sustainable Living Show we first talked with a couple of members of our local Sierra Club about the Sierra National Campaign aimed at leveraging the power of cities to catalyze a national transition toward renewable energy. Lisa Hinton, Suncoast Sierras Executive Community Chair, and James Scott, Sierras St. Pete 100% Ready Coordinator… Read more »

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Supporters have range of reasons to like Florida solar amendment

Florida voters are deciding this month whether to add a business tax break for solar power to the state constitution. Wayne Wallace is president of Solar Source, a Largo company that installs solar panels. He recommends that people vote “yes” on Amendment 4. Listen to the full story here: “People ask us all the time:… Read more »

Florida Solar Amendment Up for a Vote Right Now and the Fight for a $15 an Hour minimum Wage

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity Tuesday we looked at the work that local activists are doing to promote solar energy and a livable, $15-an-hour minimum wage. http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160816_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 First, we spoke with Deirdre Macnab and Julie Kessel from Florida’s League of Women Voters, and local Sierra Club Member Emily Gorman about Amendment 4 on the August 30th ballot that would… Read more »

Women’s Show – “Rewriting the Rules” and Clean Water

Photo by Brian Simms We are happy to be back after a two-week break….thanks to those who let us know you missed us….. We hope you enjoyed the convention coverage by Democracy Now!  Less than 100 days to go…  And it was a very historic moment for women.  It is a milestone for there to… Read more »

Women’s Show – Platforms…Who reads? We do

We are coming down to crunch time….. This has gone beyond mud fights and something tells me the game hasn’t even begun.  The conventions are coming up in just a few weeks.  Do the platforms matter?  Well – yes and no…..  they, of course, are not binding, but they do give a hint of some… Read more »

Author Leah Y. Parks says America can be completely fueled by renewable energy by 2050

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160629_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday we were joined by Leah Y. Parks, who along with  S. David Freeman authored the new book All Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future, which posits that cheaper and better technology will allow the United States to be completely run on renewable energy by 2050. She discussed how… Read more »

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Local Public Transportation Discussion on WMNF’s Sustainable Living

On Sustainable Living Program this week we talked with representatives of two of our local public transportation providers. Our guests were Rose Bruckner, Pasco County’s Transportation Program Coordinator and Bob Lasher, External Affairs Officer with Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, PSTA. A lot is happening in Pinellas; of main interest to our listeners would be the… Read more »

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Fracking banned in Pinellas County, Florida

The Pinellas County Commission has outlawed fracking within the county limits. The oil and gas drilling technique is also known as hydraulic fracturing and critics, like Environment Florida director Jennifer Rubiello, say it’s dangerous for water supplies and contributes to climate change. She says St. Petersburg and Clearwater are also working on ordinances to ban… Read more »

Hands Across the Sand opposition to drilling and fracking

Update on impact of Shell Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

This month more than 88,000 gallons of oil leaked from a Shell Oil pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana; for an update on the spill’s effect on wildlife, WMNF News spoke with Scott Eustis, a coastal wetlands specialist with Gulf Restoration Network. Listen: We spoke about impacts on wildlife, oil spill response cooperation… Read more »

Hands Across the Sand opposition to drilling and fracking

Art project will be part of Hands Across the Sand

Environmentalists who support clean energy, oppose dirty fuels and say no to offshore drilling will join Hands Across the Sand this Saturday at beaches in Pinellas County and elsewhere. The guest on WMNF News’ MidPoint, , Lisa Hinton is with Suncoast Sierra Club. She’s helping to organize Hands Across the Sand on Treasure Island this Saturday. Listen to the… Read more »

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St. Petersburg seeks ordinance to ban fracking

St. Petersburg City Council will soon consider an ordinance to ban the drilling technique known as fracking and the transportation or storage of fracking wastewater within the city limits; Council vice chair Darden Rice says fracking for natural gas is too risky for St. Pete’s regional water supply, climate change and rising seas. Listen to the… Read more »

An Angry Woman’s Heart – on From a Woman’s POV

 I am getting steamed – really, really steamed.  If I hear one more comment on “the women’s card…..”  Read Rebecca Solnit’s column, “If Donald Trump Were a Woman and Hillary Clinton Were a Man: Here’s what the election would look like” (posted on our Facebook page ).  This election campaign is turning the spotlight on… Read more »

An Illegal Hike Across The Heartland – Next on Life Elsewhere

Ken Ilgunas says his new book is about coming to terms with climate change and figuring out what our role as individuals should be in confronting something so big and so out of our hands. It’s about taking a few months of your life to look at your country from a new perspective. Ultimately, it’s… Read more »

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St. Pete Rep. Dwight Dudley says utility-backed solar amendment hinders energy choice for consumers

BY Rob Lorei Floridians will get a chance this fall to put a utility backed solar-energy amendment into the state Constitution.Last week the Florida Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling found that the wording of the controversial ballot initiative backed by major utilities meets the legal standards to go before voters in NovemberThe group backing… Read more »

Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune

St. Pete will work toward 100% clean energy

St. Petersburg is the first Florida city pledging to work toward 100% clean energy; Sharon Wright is the City of St. Petersburg’s sustainability coordinator and joined the Sierra Club Tuesday morning to officially launch the “Ready for 100” campaign. “First steps in energy efficiency, there’s a lot we can do, there’s a lot our leadership… Read more »