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The Scoop: Wednesday, February 21, 2024 Tampa Bay and Florida headlines by WMNF

The Senate Education Appropriations Committee approved a bill requiring teaching about the history of communism in Florida's public schools.
TECO power plant in Apollo Beach Florida burns coal and releases water vapor plus greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide that contribute to climate change

Speaker Paul Renner’s focus for the Florida Legislature in 2024? Energy and social media

In the 2024 legislative session, the House will support energy companies and place limits on children's access to social media sites.

WaveMakers: Changing Climates with Rep. Kathy Castor

As the world continues to see climate change become a pressing (though controversial) issue, the U.S. has seen Tampa’s own House Representative Kathy Castor take charge in leading the fight. Castor chairs the House Select...
Clean energy

Update: Pinellas County Commission supports 100% renewable energy future

The Pinellas County Commission will vote this month on whether to set a zero-emission target through a transition to renewable energy.
Clean energy

Pinellas County Commission will consider 100% renewable energy future

The Pinellas County Commission will vote this month on whether to set a zero-emission target through a transition to renewable energy.

Safety Harbor will vote on transitioning to 100% renewable energy

Update (18 June) – The city voted 5-0 to support the Ready for 100 initiative. The Pinellas County city of Safety Harbor will vote Monday on transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy. The discussion and...

Climate Change, Renewable Energy, & Plans for Action on the Sustainable Living Show

On Monday’s Sustainable Living program we talked about climate change, renewable energy, and plans for action. The St Petersburg Area League of Women Voters is hosting an upcoming Sustainability Summit that will be addressing these issues....
solar power

What does St. Pete’s commitment to 100% clean energy really mean?

St. Petersburg recently became the first city in Florida to commit to 100% clean energy; on MidPoint we talk with members of the Suncoast Sierra Club about renewable energy. Emily Gorman and James Scott are co-campaign...

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

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...

Leading solar expert Dr.Yogi Goswami on the future of energy technology

Solar energy becomes more efficient and affordable every year, but how far away are we from really 100 percent on renewable energy? Joining us to talk about the future of solar energy technology is Dr.Yogi...
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National Geographic devotes full issue to climate change

Climate change could be the most important challenge of the 21st Century; our guests on MidPoint contributed to the current issue of National Geographic magazine that’s all about the climate. It comes out weeks before major international climate talks...

Old CSX freight lines could become new commuter rail system for Tampa Bay

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity, we are joined by David Schlissel, a director of the Cleveland-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, about Lakeland Electric’s 364-megawatt coal-burning generator, McIntosh Unit 3, which is...

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