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Effect of oil drilling in the gulf

06/18/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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As John McCain and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist change positions and call for expanded offshore oil and gas drilling, we look at the environmental consequences.

Anthony Amos is an instructor at the Marine Science Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, Port Aransas. For 30 years, he has observed the effect of deep-sea oil drilling along the Texas coast. In this interview he described the range of pollution he's observed.

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Bush: Lift ban on offshore oil drilling listen

06/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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President Bush called on Congress today to lift a 26-year-old ban on oil drilling off the shores of the United States, arguing that the country needs more domestic energy production to alter the circumstances that are driving up oil prices.

Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, Bush said if Congress removes the ban it first imposed in 1982, he would lift an executive order that also prohibits drilling for oil and gas on the U.S. outer continental shelf. That executive order was issued i...

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Will Clam Bayou be dredged? listen

06/02/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last month the Gulfport City Council passed a resolution asking the Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud) to dredge parts of Clam Bayou. But many citizens oppose the idea of removing sediment from such a large portion of the estuary.

This morning, Swiftmud employees, members of the Pinellas-Anclote River Basin Board and city officials toured the navigable portions of Clam Bayou by boat.

The Gulfport City Council’s only vote against the resolution calling for large-sc...

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Businesses who reduce pollution lauded listen

05/29/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa Bay Clean Air Partnership (CAP) is an air-quality initiative geared toward reducing vehicle exhaust and traffic congestion. Today at the InterContinental Hotel in Tampa’s Westshore district, CAP held a lunchtime ceremony to honor organizations committed to reducing the air pollution generated by transportation.

The Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County is one of the two groups that formed CAP in 2002, and Rick Garrity is their executive director. The other...

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Business leaders fight climate change listen

05/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A new television ad campaign will feature 30-second clips of companies that have made changes to their businesses to reduce their impact on global warming.

The ads are being produced by the Environmental Defense Fund and the Florida Wildlife Federation. Patrick Detcher, a consultant with the Tallahassee Antique Car Museum, said the museum contains one of the largest collections of classic cars in the state. It also is outfitted with the largest solar array in the state, with 50 kilowatts...

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TV ad campaigning on climate change begins listen

05/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A new television ad campaign advocating for combating climate change begins airing today throughout Florida.

The campaign is being sponsored by two environmental groups who have recruited a dozen business and community leaders.

Jay Liles is a policy consultant with the Florida Wildlife Federation. He says that his group can do all the advocating in the world, but it won’t have as much impact as the businesss community embracing climate change.

Gerry Karnas is the Florida climate...

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St. Johns River on most threatened list listen

04/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A conservation group yesterday included the St. Johns River on its annual list of the most threatened rivers in the nation.

American Rivers said the state’s longest river could be robbed of much of its water in a misguided attempt to quench “the unending thirst of out of control development “ in Florida.

Andrew Fahlund is vice president for Conservation at American Rivers. He told WMNF why taking the water out of the St. John’s would be so calamitous.

Read the report at [Ame...

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Wal-mart on Anclote River draws opposition

04/17/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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On Saturday, April 19, 2008, from 2 to 8 p.m. there will be a Music Benefit to help local groups that are fighting plans by Wal-Mart to build a new superstore on the banks of the Anclote River in Tarpon Springs. It will be held at The Zone, 121 E. Tarpon Ave. in Tarpon Springs. For information, call (727) 367-3592.

Music by: TC Carr, Pete Merrigan, Julie Black, Tom Scudiero, The Donny Simonds Band, Bleu Gravy, Chris Brudy, the Local Yokuls, Keith Hope, Barney and The Tall Boys, Jay...

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Conservative case for environmentalism

04/09/08 Robert Lorei
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Coming up today we’ll hear about a new book by conservative icon Newt Gingrich about his support for a variety of environmental initiatives.

Later we’ll open up the phone lines.

First up, a listener comment about yesterday’s interview with Bernard Lafayette a civil rights pioneer who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Newt Gingrich, the conservative former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has co-written a book called A Contract with the Earth. It aims to conv...

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Lowes receives change for Tarpon Springs store listen

04/08/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Pinellas County Commissioners today disregarded the recommendations of their staff and the staff of the Pinellas Planning Council (PPC) by unanimously approving a change in the county’s land use plan.

The amendment will allow construction of a Lowe’s big box hardware store on property previously zoned for industry on U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs. Lowe’s will be required to spend about $4-million on traffic changes on the site.

David Healy, executive director of the PPC, told Commissi...

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