Climate Change Risks FL Properties and Tourism During an April 22 field hearing in Miami Beach organized by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), local officials said that climate change impacts could put at risk billions of dollars worth of coastal properties and tourism activities in South Florida. Senator Nelson charged that the state has already experienced between five and eight inches of sea level rise, while Florida Atlantic University says that another three to nine inches by 2050 could destroy most of the coastal structures protecting Southeast Florida from flooding and saltwater intrusion. Senator Nelson will discuss the issue with the Senate Climate Change Task Force, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) met with elected officials and scientists in Miami April 25 as part of his climate road trip. … [Read more...] about Energy and Environmental Law Update – April 28, 2014
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Mercury Thermostat Disposal ReportOn April 2, a coalition of green groups released a report, “Turning up the Heat II,” finding that just 8% of mercury from decommissioned thermostats was properly recycled over the last decade. The report was prepared by the Clean Water Fund, the Mercury Policy Project, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Product Stewardship Institute; it argues that current voluntary programs are ineffective at preventing the mercury from being discarded as solid waste. It recommends that states pass laws requiring manufacturers to create state-based programs with financial incentives for participating, banning the production of mercury thermostats, and prohibiting the disposal of mercury thermostats as solid waste. … [Read more...] about Energy & Environmental Law Update April 8, 2013
On the roster: Poll: Voters say corruption most important 2018 topic - Kavanaugh vows independence as hearing continues - Trump's lawyers open to giving Mueller written answers - Audible: Personal space - Do it for the gram POLL: VOTERS SAY CORRUPTION MOST IMPORTANT 2018 TOPICKFF: “With the 2018 midterm election in full swing, the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds corruption in Washington emerging as one of the top topics voters want to hear candidates talk about during their campaigns. Fielded in the days after the indictment of Michael Cohen and jury decision in the Paul Manafort trial, three in ten voters (30 percent) – including about one-third of independent voters and Democratic voters, and one-fourth of Republican voters – say corruption in Washington, D.C. is the most important topic for 2018 candidates to talk about during their campaigns. This ranks among the top topics, which also includes health care (27 percent) and economy and jobs (25 percent). … [Read more...] about Poll: Voters say corruption most important 2018 topic
Korean Peninsula As part of a bold new diplomacy, we continue our historic push for peace on the Korean Peninsula. Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in 15 months. If I had not been elected president of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea with potentially millions of people killed. Much work remains to be done, but my relationship with Kim Jong Un is a good one. And Chairman Kim and I will meet again on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam. … [Read more...] about ‘War and investigation:’ What President Trump said at his 2019 State of the Union address
What’s new this year are better-organized efforts to force native issues into the campaign spotlight. A Native American advocacy group called Four Directions is inviting the candidates to a forum in Sioux City, Iowa, in August. “It’s to call on the candidates not just to present their policy statement but to engage in a town hall centered around Indian Country issues, where they can’t just say, ‘Hey, we’re for the Native Americans. Trust us,’ ” says Bret Healy, a consultant with Four Directions. The organization also is pursuing grass-roots efforts to get out the vote in seven swing states where there are enough native voters to decide a close election: Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina. “You’re seeing an awakening,” says Tom Rodgers, a political strategist and member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana. “You’re seeing a new generation of tribal leaders. They’re … [Read more...] about What do Native Americans want from a president?