Florida solar amendment on the rise despite free-market concerns

By   /  March 26, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

U.S. Department of Energy

Breaking the public utilities’ solar monopoly is one thing, but what comes next?

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Florida officials back off land restriction, thanks to property-rights watchdog

By   /  March 23, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments


After almost two years of uncertainty and intense legal wrangling, local officials in Southeast Florida won’t end up imposing $1,000 daily fines against a small business. Its alleged crime? Violating a decades’ old environmental restriction that regulators never recorded.

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Nation’s oldest integrated coal gasification plant might point to more Kemper trouble

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Florida, Mississippi, News, Technology  /  No Comments

Photo by Tampa Electric

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
If the experience with the nation’s oldest integrated coal gasification power plant is any guide, Mississippi Power has a steep learning curve ahead as it tries to bring its troubled Kemper Project power plant into operation.
Mississippi Power’s Kemper Project power plant, designed to convert high-moisture lignite coal into a natural […]

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Sunshine State officials sending mixed messages on government transparency

By   /  March 19, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

open records

A leading consumer protection group is praising Florida’s transparency in regard to spending. But when it comes to other areas of government business, dark clouds are gathering over the Sunshine State.

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Nanny State of the Week: Endangering manatees in Florida

By   /  March 16, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Florida, News  /  No Comments

photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Part 35 of 36 in the series Nanny State of the Week

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
At Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Florida’s Citrus County, you can drop $45 to spend some time bobbing around with a herd of sea cows.
It’s a sure sign that the manatee is on the rebound. After years of being […]

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Florida has a record number of open jobs, can unemployed cash in?

By   /  March 12, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

Photo: cflas.org

Updated 1:35pm
By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida is open for business, but seems to be lacking qualified candidates to fill open positions.
While Florida reports 553,500 unemployed, there are more than 292,000 jobs waiting to be filled.
Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican “jobs” governor, earlier this week trumpeted a gaping hole in the state labor […]

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