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Florida Republicans join push for climate action

POLITICS: Reps. Ileana Ros-Le­htin­en and Car­los Cur­belo of Flor­ida are among nine House Republicans pushing for action on climate change. (National Journal)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The list of towns and cities voting to prevent offshore drilling and seismic testing off the Southeast Atlantic coast reaches 50. (Southern Environmental Law Center)

HYDROPOWER: A preservationist in North Carolina says hydropower is “one of the most damaging power sources” available. (WUNC Public Radio)

SUSTAINABILITY: Criticism grows of Miami-Dade’s lack of enough action on sustainability and climate resiliency. (Miami Herald)

SOLAR: Florida ranks 9th among all states in intensity of the sun’s rays, says a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. (Palm Beach Post)

COAL:
• Public hearings in West Virginia over proposed rules to protect streams from coal mining are eliciting contrasting views of Appalachia’s future. (WVTF Public Radio)
• An employee was killed early Wednesday at an underground coal mine in western Kentucky. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
• Murray Energy has agreed to pay $3.3 million to resolve more than 1,700 safety violations issued to five coal mines in northern West Virginia under a previous owner. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)
Virginia-based Patriot Coal is in ‘advanced’ talks with a rival bidder for its mines. (The Wall Street Journal)

OIL & GAS: Scrutiny is growing over how West Virginia deals with radioactive waste from drilling operations. (West Virginia Public Broadcasting)

COMMENTARY:  You don’t have to be a climate scientist to see that some of Miami Beach’s streets are flooding even on sunny days. (Florida Times-Union)

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