New Round of IPCC Reports Keep the Climate Drum Beating

The latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) came out this month on the impacts of climate change, how to adapt to those impacts, and how we must reduce greenhouse gas pollution. These two reports compliment the IPCC’s report last fall on the latest physical science of climate change. All three reports, respectively [...]

The Solar Uprising Begins

Floridians stood up for solar in a major way at last Thursday’s Solar Uprising Rally in Tallahassee, FL.  With over 300 people in attendance, loudly calling for the state to adopt policies that support solar power in the Sunshine State, we made quite an impression.  Now, it remains to be seen whether Florida legislators will [...]

Floridians Stand Up for Solar Today at the State Capitol

Hundreds of Floridians – including a former governor, college students, solar industry developers, faith leaders, clean energy advocates and more – converged on Florida’s State Capitol in Tallahassee for a #SolarUprising Rally to demand that elected leaders act to unlock solar power development in Florida. As we’ve noted in recent blogs, Florida has the best solar potential east [...]

Tax Policy Can Create Level Playing Field

While federal tax policy has helped create the level playing field needed for a surge of wind power growth, regular expiration and renewal of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) has also caused a lot of unnecessary steps backward. All while other forms of energy enjoy long-term policy support.

No Solar, The Buck Stops Here

I’m not going to mince words here – the political process in Tallahassee is “utterly broken” and corrupt. There is plenty of blame to go around, but the buck stops at the top, and that is with Governor Rick Scott. In a critical election year with control of the Governor’s seat in play, you can be [...]

Miami Tackles Sea Level Rise in Absence of State Leadership

In recent blogs, I expressed my surprise and disappointment in our lack of state-wide clean energy policy solutions in Florida to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change. Since then I have been fortunate to attend some amazing meetings hosted by the Sea Level Rise Task Force of Miami Dade County. The seven-member panel, made up [...]

Florida’s Big Power Companies: Influence or Coincidence?

A report released today by a non-profit watchdog group, Integrity Florida, concludes that hefty political contributions by the state’s biggest power companies and their army of lobbyists have helped advance the interest of the companies’ shareholders to the detriment of customers. The report finds that the power companies have contributed more than $18 million to [...]

We defend Sen. Hagan because she stands up to polluters

For more than a decade, Senator Kay Hagan has worked to promote clean air and public health here in NC. Back in 2002, when Hagan served as a NC state senator, she championed the groundbreaking NC Clean Smokestacks Act – hailed as a model for controlling multiple air pollutants from old coal-fired power plants – in [...]

New Southeast EPA Administrator Faces Challenges Ahead

In the first month of 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency appointed Heather McTeer Toney as the new Region 4 Administrator. The former Regional Administrator, Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, left to become chief of staff for EPA’s new chief administrator Gina McCarthy. Mrs. Toney, a private-sector attorney by trade, served as the first woman and first African-American mayor [...]

Puerto Rico Leaves Florida in its Wake on Clean Energy Policy

In a recent blog Florida Could Learn About Clean Energy Solutions from Puerto Rico, I shared my journey in searching for Florida’s clean energy policy. As a young political scientist, I began this journey determined to discover clean energy solutions in Florida that could secure the energy future for both Florida and my birthplace of Puerto Rico. [...]