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Who pays to clean up from the effects of climate disruption? listen

06/05/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The band of heavy rain and Tropical Storm force winds from Andrea's approach of Florida from the tropics could be a reminder of the extreme weather expected to become more frequent with climate change.

But who pays the costs of these climate disasters?

To answer that, I interviewed Bob Deans, director of federal communications with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington.

In the second half of this interview where we look at some ways to mitigate the cost of climate dis...

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NRDC warns of effects of fiscal cliff on the environment listen

02/05/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The U.S. Congress reached an agreement at the end of last year to temporarily avoid what was being called the fiscal cliff of automatic spending cuts and tax increases. But they just put aside the stand-off until the end of this month. The Natural Resources Defense Council is warning that if the deep cuts go through it could negatively affect clean air and water. WMNF’s Seán Kinane spoke with Scott Slesinger, director for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

"The fiscal cliff, people...

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Natural Resources Defense Council releases beach water quality report listen

07/12/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Natural Resources Defense Council recently released their 22nd annual Vacation Beach Water Quality Report. The findings show an overall rise in pollution at beaches around the US, but Florida fared better than most states.

According to NRDC’s results, Florida’s beaches ranked 5th in Beachwater Quality out of 30 states. Only 3% of samples in the Sunshine State exceeded national standards for beaches in 2011. At beaches like Fort DeSoto, and Sand Key less than 5% of water samples ex...

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How effective are Washington lobbyists at dismantling environmental regulation? listen

06/27/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Washington lobbyists are affecting regulatory legislation “in a huge way.” That’s the take of Bob Deans, associate director of communications for NRDC Action Fund.

His new book is called Reckless. The Political Assault on the American Environment.

Yesterday we aired the first half of our interview with Deans. In this second half, Deans speaks about lobbyists and about the Republi...

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Environmentalist: tearing down regulations would hurt job growth listen

06/26/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A new book by a staff member of the Natural Resources Defense Council calls out the current Congress for its anti-regulatory obsession. Bob Deans is associate director of communications for NRDC Action Fund. His new book is called Reckless. The Political Assault on the American Environment.

Later this week on the WMNF Drive-Time News, we’...

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The NRDC opposes the Keystone XL pipeline

01/03/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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In a few weeks President Obama will decide whether to go ahead with the Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada wants to build a pipeline that would carry oil sands crude oil from western Canada (Alberta) across the central part of the U.S. to refineries in Texas and Louisiana. The proposal is controversial with environmentalists raising concerns about furthering dependence on oil, increasing greenhouse gas emissions and harming the aquifer. Supporters say it will boost the ailing economy and reduc...

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NRDC releases beaches scorecard; Florida scores well except for effects of BP oil listen

06/29/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tampa Bay Beaches will likely be packed this holiday weekend, and an environmental study out today ranks beaches nationwide on pollution and closures. Despite oil hitting the Panhandle last year, Florida Beaches as a whole didn’t fare too poorly.

"Beaches in Florida, the overall picture is that 4 percent of the samples exceeded national standards in 2010."

Jon Devine, senior lawyer...

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American consumers partly to blame for BP oil spill, says first book on Gulf disaster listen

10/20/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today, several environmental groups sued BP for the effect of the oil disaster on endangered Gulf of Mexico wildlife.

The groups, Defenders of Wildlife, Gulf Restoration Network and Save the Manatee Club, accuse BP of violating the Endangered Species Act and want the fossil fuel giant to restore habitats and mitigate the impact of the disaster that began six months ago today.

Meanwhile, the first book on the BP oil disaster has been released. It’s called [*In Deep Water – The Anatom...

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First book on Gulf disaster criticizes BP safety shortcuts listen

10/19/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tomorrow is the six-month anniversary of the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The first book on the BP oil disaster has been released. It’s called In Deep Water – The Anatomy of a Disaster, the Fate of the Gulf, and How to End our Oil Addiction. It is co-authored by Peter Lehner, the executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Tomorrow, on the six-month anniversary of the Dee...

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NRDC Spokesman talks about his Gulf trip listen

05/25/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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As oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster continues to wash ashore on the northern Gulf Coast, those whose livelihoods depend on the area’s natural resources are relying on BP’s response efforts. Bob Deans is a spokesperson for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). He recently returned from a trip to the Gulf. He says when flying over the leak, he saw long ribbons of crude on the Gulf surface...

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