Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives gave voice vote approval to an amendment that would dedicate the majority of fines collected from the Gulf oil spill toward restoration of the area’s ecosystem and economy. The Senate version of that amendment is more specific, in that it would require that 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines from the 2010 BP oil spill go toward a new Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund. The Senate is expected to vote on its version of the amendment as soon as this week.
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A briefing to discuss efforts to restore ecological and economic vitality to the Gulf of Mexico will be held on Wed., Nov. 16, and will feature a host of panelists and lawmakers from all the states affected by last year’s massive BP oil spill.
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force on Wednesday released its comprehensive preliminary strategy for long-term restoration. Next Tuesday, the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and COMPASS (Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea) will host a roundtable discussion to further delve into the strategy, and discuss what can be done on a policy level. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will be sponsoring the event.
Calling Florida Power & Light the “cleanest” utility “in the nation,” a representative of the Environmental Defense Fund recently warned the City of Sarasota that ending its franchise agreement with FPL and forging its own municipal utility may not necessarily shrink the city’s carbon footprint.
The testimony revealed tensions over cap-and-trade legislation between the EDF and the Florida Municipal Electric Association, which represents government-owned utilities across the state, and that is “heavily dominated by coal” according to the EDF rep.