Sep 162016
 
Saying No to Amendment 1 Says Yes to Solar

by Michael Welber……. “Masquerading as a pro-solar energy initiative, this proposed constitutional amendment, supported by some of Florida’s major investor-owned electric utility companies, actually seeks to constitutionalize the status quo.” Those are the words of Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente who wrote a strongly worded dissent back in March when Amendment 1 came up for approval by the court. She went on to call the proposal “a masquerade and a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

 September 16, 2016  Posted by at 1:00 am ~ Column ~, Issue #184, Michael Welber 4 Responses »
Jun 052015
 
Fracking? In Florida?

by Michael Welber……. Anyone who has followed this issue of hydraulic fracturing or fracking might be more than a little surprised to discover that companies want to frack right here in the Sunshine State. Most people consider it something that happens elsewhere. Like Canada. Or New York. It turns out that as recently as December 2012, Florida began receiving applications for permits to drill new wells in the Panhandle, in southwest Florida near Naples and Ft. Myers, and in the sensitive ecosystems around Big Cypress [continue reading…]

 June 5, 2015  Posted by at 12:42 am Issue #117, Michael Welber 6 Responses »
May 222015
 
March Against Monsanto Without Leaving Your House

By Michael Welber… A large number of people all over the country will take to the streets on Saturday to express their displeasure about what the mega-corporation Monsanto is doing to farms, consumers, and, quite literally, the world. Whether Monsanto gives a rat’s rectum about these marches is open to question but they certainly didn’t change their rapacious and damaging ways after last year’s march. If you want to take action but don’t think that walking around in the hot sun, carrying a sign, will [continue reading…]

 May 22, 2015  Posted by at 12:37 am Issue #115, Michael Welber 3 Responses »
Apr 172015
 
3 out of 4 Key Haven Residents Oppose Release of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

by Michael Welber… By a wide margin, Key Haven residents oppose the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in their neighborhood. At its next board meeting, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, is likely to approve a contract with British company Oxitec, which breeds the mosquitoes. Mosquito Control plans to release the insects this spring if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves. Over the past three months, a team of volunteers personally surveyed 283 households on the peninsula in the lower Keys and found a [continue reading…]

 April 17, 2015  Posted by at 2:45 am Issue #110, Michael Welber 2 Responses »
Mar 202015
 
Letter to Editor: Ethics and Science

Editor:   The Key West Citizen ran an editorial on Sunday (3/8) that makes an appeal to science as the reason to release genetically modified mosquitoes in Key Haven and, eventually, the Lower Keys to prevent a dengue fever outbreak. While most reasonable people applaud the advances science has made in our society, including profoundly important medical discoveries, those same people know that strong ethical oversight must accompany good science. Science provides important information but without ethical oversight and good sense we also get hydrogen [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 3:20 am Issue #106, Letter to the Editor, Michael Welber 1 Response »