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Tampa activists demand cleaner air rules from the EPA listen

08/24/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Environmentalists rallied for clean air this morning in downtown Tampa. Their demand for less smog goes hand in hand with their call for reducing the rising rates of asthma in children.

About twenty protesters gathered around the base of a giant inflatable hand in Gaslight Park. The hand was holding an asthma inhaler, which for the activists represents the negative health effects of breathing in too much smog from fossil...

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Geologist: fossil fuels likely to remain dominant energy source for US listen

04/20/11 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Despite last year’s BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, global energy demand will continue to make fossil fuels the essential energy source for the coming decades. That’s the conclusion of a geologist who spoke last week at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science.

Nearly 19 million barrels of oil is consumed in the United States each day. According to the Institute of Energy Research, this staggering number meets 37 percent of the nation’s energy demand. Pet...

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Obama proposes nuclear as one way to reduce dependence on imported oil listen

03/30/11 wire reports including AP
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Seeking to show the public he understands the burden of rising gas prices, President Barack Obama set an ambitious goal of reducing U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025, and vowed to break through the political gridlock that has stymied similar initiatives for decades.

Obama touted a series of initiatives - some new, but many he's previously announced - that he said would boost domestic oil production, increase the use of biofuels and natural gas, and make vehicles more energy efficient. ...

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What Do The Recent Changes Announced In Cuba Mean For US Cuba Relations?

09/23/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Cuba is calling workers across the island to special meetings so labor leaders can brief them on half a million government layoffs coming in the next six months and suggest ways that those fired can make a living.

Cuba announced two weeks ago that it would lay off 500,000 workers by March and loosen state controls on private enterprise so that many of those fired can find new jobs. It said it would also beef up the tax code and revamp state pay scales to better reward high job performance....

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Senator Nelson on Gulf Oil Disaster listen

06/25/10 Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s senior Senator Bill Nelson gave a press conference this morning in Tampa. The biggest concern he has is the ongoing oil disaster that is damaging Florida’s environment and economy.

Senator Nelson is sounding the alarm: the gulf oil disaster is going to get worse, how much worse no one can predict. But with hurricane season here and a relief well months away, the damage is piling up.

On the subject of a final solution to the disaster, Nelson is confident that BP’s strat...

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Rep. Kathy Castor opposes drilling off coast of Florida listen

03/31/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Unlike Senator Nelson, Tampa-area U.S. Representative Kathy Castor opposes Obama’s offshore drilling plan.

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Juan Cole on U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil listen

04/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The first chapter of Juan Cole’s new Book, Engaging the Muslim World is called “The Struggle for Islamic Oil.” In it, he writes about U.S. foreign policy and oil.

He quotes John McCone, who said in the early 1970s that the relationship of the North Atlantic States to Islamic oil reached a momentous turning point when Arab oil exporters boycotted the U.S. and Netherlands in June 1967.

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New Interior Secretary rejects plan for offshore oil, gas drilling listen

02/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has rejected a Bush administration plan to open vast waters off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts to oil and gas drilling.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call, the former Colorado senator blasted the process with which the previous administration went about making such a decision.

Salazar said that despite the enormous sweep of the proposal to open up as many as 300-million acres to oil and gas leasing, the Bush administration’s notice called for th...

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A talk with author of 'The Tyranny of Oil'

10/18/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Antonia Juhasz, author of "The Tyranny of Oil," discussed the history of oil. She discussed the history of oil's discovery, utilization and importance; and the control and monopolization by the oil companies. She also talked about how this affects the price of gasoline today and how the money involved literally dictates policy, including war.

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Castor and Graham weigh in on offshore drilling bill listen

09/15/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tomorrow in Washington, the House of Representatives is slated to debate a bill that would allow oil drilling 100 miles off the U.S. coast. It would also allow coastal states to decide whether to allow drilling as close as 50 miles off their shores.

It comes after a summer in which the Republicans have hammered away at the Democrats to include offshore drilling as a means to combat high oil prices. That push culminated earlier this month at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, w...

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