News Release | Environment Florida

EPA extends public comment period after hundreds gather to fight drilling and acid fracking in the Everglades

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency extended the public comment period last night to March 31st after over 300 Floridians turned out to a public hearing at the Golden Gate Community Center in Naples, Florida to voice their concern for drilling and acid fracking in Big Cypress Swamp watershed and near Everglades National Park.

News Release | Environment Florida Research & Policy Center

Energy Efficient Buildings Would Reduce Global Warming Pollution, Save Florida Families $590 Annually

Florida families could save $590 every year on their electricity bills by 2030 if the government invests in the energy efficiency of our buildings today, according to a new report by Environment Florida. Saving energy in our buildings would also help Florida’s fight against global warming, reducing global warming pollution from buildings by 35 percent—the equivalent of taking 12.6 million cars off the road or shutting down 15 coal-fired power plants.

News Release | Environment Florida Research & Policy Center

Fossil Fuel Stranglehold on Climate in Congress Need Not Thwart U.S. Progress

Despite the political dominance of fossil fuel interests and their effective veto of any progress on energy and climate policy in Congress, the U.S. can dramatically reduce global warming emissions, according to a study released today by Environment Florida Research and Policy Center.

Environment Florida Research and Policy Center was joined today by Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda and students Cornerstone Learning Community to release an analysis showing that local governments and states, with an assist from federal agencies, can cut carbon pollution dramatically by 2030.  Moncrief provided the following statement: Despite the political dominance of fossil fuel interests and their effective veto of any progress on energy and climate policy in the U.S. Congress, the U.S. can and must dramatically reduce global warming emissions. We’re here today to show why Florida has a very important role to play in this critical moment.

News Release | Environment Florida

Clean Cars Would Cut Oil Use, Save Floridians $15 Million on Thanksgiving Travel

As Floridians prepare for one of the busiest travel holidays of the year, and just days after the Obama administration proposed new fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks, a new Environment Florida report finds that more fuel efficient cars would make significant cuts in oil use and save Floridians roughly $15 million at the gas pump this Thanksgiving alone. The report was released following the Obama administration’s Wednesday announcement of proposed new fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for cars and light trucks sold from 2017 through 2025. 

News Release | Environment Florida

Obama Administration Proposes Historic Clean Car Standards

The Obama administration today officially proposed new clean car standards that represent the biggest step the U.S. has ever taken to get off oil and tackle global warming. The standards would require cars and light trucks in model years 2017-2025 to meet a fleet-wide average global warming pollution standard equivalent to 54.5 miles per gallon.