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PNS Daily Newscast - October 19, 2018 


Senator Corker demands the Trump administration share intelligence on the killing of a Washington Post columnist. Also on the Friday rundown: groups sue over the Texas border wall plan; and the soggy summer in some states may lead to higher pumpkin prices for Halloween.

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Public News Service - FL: Energy Policy

Florida utilities are expanding their solar inventory as they meet goals for lowering emissions. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The American Petroleum Institute is trying to convince coastal states, including Florida, to "Explore Offshore." But environmental groups say the new campaign to get Florida to open its shores for oil drilling does not present the right fit for the Sunshine State. “

According to Integrity Florida, utilities have an outsized lobbying presence in the state Capitol, employing more than one lobbyist for every two legislators. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The power generated by Florida's four largest utilities goes far beyond just turning your lights on, according to a new report by a watchdog group that found the companies hold significant power over those that are supposed to regulate them. The report by Integrity Florid

An aerial view of the solar farm during construction of Babcock Ranch, Fla. (Babcock Ranch)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – One brand-new Florida town has taken its first steps toward becoming completely solar powered. Babcock Ranch, just north of Ft. Myers, already has residents moving in and businesses looking to get in on the action. The town's developers hope its success will keep the fede

A 2006 congressional moratorium bans drilling within 125 miles of the Florida coast, but only until 2022. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Interior Department announced plans late Friday to hold the largest sale of oil and gas leases in U.S. history. The plans include auctioning off more than 77 million acres of offshore waters to drilling, covering coastal areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Te

Uncertainty surrounds the Trump administration's five-year plan to allow offshore oil and gas leases in Florida and other coastal states. (Steven Straiton/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It isn't clear whether Florida is still included in the Trump administration's plan to expand offshore drilling, but the first and only hearing about it was in Tallahassee on Thursday. Groups opposed to the plan had to get creative in an attempt to share their views. With

About 73 percent of voters said yes to Florida's Solar Amendment 4 in 2016. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — According to clean energy advocates, rooftop solar is a boon to Florida's economy and the state should invest more in its future. During a press conference Wednesday on the steps of Florida's historic Capitol, the League of Women Voters of Florida touted a 2016 Solar Cens

Anti-fracking groups say Florida's aquifer and the soluble limestone foundation make the state even more vulnerable to damage from fracking. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A bipartisan group of lawmakers and conservation advocates is expected to host more than 200 anti-fracking activists during a rally at the Capitol calling for a fracking ban, conservation funding and more. House Bill 237 by Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-Treasure Island, would b

Clean energy advocates say the solar market is resilient and growth will survive despite the impact of new tariffs. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The cost of solar energy is expected to spike with the Trump administration's move to impose an immediate tariff of 30 percent on most imported solar modules. Solar experts say the move puts a dark cloud over a booming industry. "We are disappointed that he felt like he

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