The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016 (H.R. 2028) is a bill that fund the energy programs and water infrastructure across the entire United State. This legislation affects every district, every county, and every state in the country. In a statement released after the 240-177 vote passage of the bill, Representative Mario Diaz-Balart stressed the importance of the ongoing Everglades restoration and protection projects, both for future generations and for the economic stability of Florida. “The FY16 Energy and Water Appropriations bill provides for our nation’s waterways and energy infrastructure. As Floridians, we are lucky to have the Everglades in our backyard, and we must do everything we can to restore it to its natural state for future generations. This bill is significant to Florida, not only because of the Everglades restoration components, but it will improve our ports, channels, dams, and other infrastructure that supports our economy.
Guest Op-Ed by Saint John Hunt Like many other Americans, I’ve been hearing about Hillary Clinton’s scandals. Not Whitewater, or campaign donation fraud, or illegal donations from foreign governments while she served as Secretary of State, nor how she has diverted funds from the Clinton Foundation to pay for millions of dollars spent on personal travel, not even the Benghazi inquiry. What sparked my interest, beyond these other “errors”, is how she used her private emails for State department business, knowing that not only was she breaking official State Department regulations, but she was also successfully hiding any evidence showing her innocence or guilt in negotiating these payments. In other words, she kept these and many other emails private and therefore not subject to Freedom of Information access. Not only did she hide these emails, she destroyed 55,000 pages of emails while handing over thousands of unrelated emails to prove
Like a cheap magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat, Eric Draper, Executive Director of Audubon Florida gave a press conference holding a bottle of green water while standing on steps of the Capitol. “If they don’t buy the U.S. Sugar land then the people downstream from Lake Okeechobee can expect to continue to get this type of green, slimy, toxic algae water dumped on them on a continuous basis.” He stated while waving the bottle, ostensibly filled with water from the St. Lucie River. Nobody knows if the water in that bottle was toxic, had algae in it, or most importantly, if it was even from the St. Lucie River. It just makes for great theatrics, right? Lots of gasps from the audience, but at the end it still remains a theatrical trick. In fact, the Martin County Health Department would later tell folks that there was blue-green