Energy Ball 2017 Wrap Up

  We at ReThink Energy Florida would like to extend a huge Thank You to all of our friends who showed their support and attendance at this year’s Energy Ball! From liking our Facebook posts, sharing the event, donating items or money, and showing up to dance all night, you helped make Energy Ball 2017 one our most successful events to date!   Continue reading

Legislative Session Wrap-Up

  The 2017 Florida legislative session has come to an end. ReThink Energy Florida, and our sister 501(c)(4) ReThink Energy Action Fund were hard at work, letting the legislators know what Floridians who care about energy issues wanted to happen in the Capitol this year.  And while we didn’t get everything that we wanted, we made great progress on some key issues. First off, the Amendment 4 implementation bills were passed in the House and the Senate.  In the 2016 primary election, almost 73% of voters voted in favor of this amendment supported providing tax exemptions for solar power and other renewable energy equipment included in home, commercial, and industrial property values that would otherwise fall under the tangible property tax bracket.  While there was some back-and-forth between the House and Senate to get the language of the implementation bills to reflect the spirit of the voter-approved language while offering some consumer protections, in the end identical language was passed unanimously in both chambers.  This is an important step towards expanding solar energy use in the Sunshine State. Continue reading

Deepwater Horizon: Seven Years Later

Seven years and one day ago today, many of us were naïve to the extent of environmental and economic harm caused by oil production. The next day on April 20, 2010, BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig exploded sending an estimated 3.19 million barrels of leaked oil from the damaged Macondo wellhead located approximately 5,000 feet beneath the ocean’s surface into the Gulf of Mexico. The explosion not only led to the loss of 11 lives that day, but for the next 87 days the wellhead continued to spew toxic oil into the Gulf, becoming one of the largest oil spills in history. Continue reading

Sabal Trail Pipeline 101

The Sabal Trail Pipeline is a 515-mile proposed venture that would bring over one billion cubic feet of fracked gas per day from AL, through GA, and into FL through a 36-inch wide pipe. This action would make Florida prisoner to dirty energy for the next 50 years, as opposed to moving in the right direction by investing in clean, renewable energy. The pipeline is a project on behalf of Sabal Trail Transmissions, LLC composed of Spectra Energy (Enbridge) and was requested in part by Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy Florida on the basis that the state needed additional natural gas and transportation method. The pipeline is nearly 90% finished and will be entering central Florida in the near future. Continue reading

Supporters Flock to the Capitol to Reclaim Florida's Future

Yesterday, March 22nd, constituents from across the state gathered at the Capitol to make their voices heard. People arrived in buses, vans, and carpools to stand together for a statewide fracking ban and instead promote clean, renewable energy to power our state. Continue reading

Reclaiming Florida's Future For All!

Florida reigns as a top tourist destination: our picturesque beaches, national treasures like the Everglades, and miles of navigable rivers and streams attract millions of tourists every year. Our tourism industry relies on our many natural wonders as top economic drivers in the state, meaning protecting the environment is critical to protecting our economy. Continue reading

ReThink's 2017 Session Outlook

Florida’s 2017 Legislative Session begins March 7th at noon, and we are feeling quite optimistic about it! ReThink Energy Florida is better-prepared than ever to see our legislative agenda move, especially on the important issue of fracking in the State of Florida. Continue reading

Thanks for 2016's successes: A Note from Our President to end the Year

With the year coming to a close, we are looking back on an eventful 2016 full of victories as well as looking forward to new challenges.  ReThink Energy Florida’s mission to engage, educate and empower citizens to take action and achieve energy independence in a healthier, more sustainable environment has made significant progress with both continuation of ongoing projects as well as expansion that includes new programs and partnerships.  Here are some of our highlights: Continue reading

Clicktivism - is it enough?

I’ve noticed a trend in recent days - many, many, many of my friends and people in my virtual community are sharing articles that highlight the negative impacts of Amendment 1, the fact that it is funded by Big Utility and the Koch Brothers, and the attempts the backers of this amendment are making to pull the wool over Floridians eyes. This sharing, it gives me confidence! It makes me feel like - hey - maybe enough people are getting message. BUT - and there’s a big but - I wonder - is it really enough? As the founder of an organization which has been built off of Facebook interactions, I certainly see the value in social media. However, there have been a few studies on the subject which seem to indicate that ‘liking something’ does not transfer into in-person action or donation, and that, in fact, it allows the ‘Liker’ to feel as though they’ve been active without having done much. My biggest concern is that we just don’t know the answer to the question. Here is what we do know: Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Rethink the surface water quality classifications rules

Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection held a public workshop on May 12 for the proposed changes to its criteria for Surface Water Quality Classifications rules. Many of the individuals who attended the workshop were very concerned about the increases in the allowed concentrations of several serious chemicals in our surface waters, including benzene. Not only is benzene a known carcinogen and endocrine disruptor, but as representatives of Rethink Energy Florida, we are particularly concerned since hydraulic fracturing uses benzene and may be encroaching into Florida without legislative action. Once injected deep into the ground, benzene could easily disseminate via Florida’s porous karst geology and pollute Florida’s water. Allowing for more toxic carcinogens in the water supply is a threat to our environment and health, and a blatant disregard of Florida’s future. Continue reading