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Business briefs: Bike-friendly businesses and Castor on climate change

Margie Manning

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St. Petersburg is one of five cities nationwide with the most bicycle-friendly businesses, according to the League of American Bicyclists.

The League, which bills itself as “the voice of millions of bicyclists nationwide,” says St. Pete has gone from zero bicycle-friendly businesses two years ago, to 36 today. That includes the St. Petersburg Bicycle Co-op, a non-profit that just achieved the League’s platinum-level award, according to a Dec. 19 news release.

Three other St. Pete businesses also were recognized as bicycle-friendly. Bicycle shops ABC Bicycles and Trek Bicycle Store St. Petersburg each received the gold-level award, and 1211 1st, a real estate and housing firm, received the bronze-level award.

“Business owners across the country are looking for simple, straightforward ways to build their companies, do right by their workers and customers, and contribute positively to their local communities,” Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists, said in the news release. “Boosting participation in bicycling achieves all of that and more.”

Castor appointment

Rep. Kathy Castor will hold a key position when Congress gets back to work.

Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has named Castor, D-Tampa, as chair of the new Select Committee on Climate Crisis. The last special climate committee was disbanded after Republicans took control of the House in 2010, The Atlantic reported.

“I am humbled by Speaker-designate Pelosi’s confidence in me to lead the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis,” Castor said in a statement. “She is correct to reinstitute the Select Committee and urge action to address this dire crisis that impacts my neighbors in Florida, all Americans and future generations.”

Some Democratic activists have pushed for a “Green New Deal,” an ambitious plan which includes a transition to 100 percent renewable electricity, but the new committee won’t be tasked specifically with formulating that agenda, The Hill reported.

And while lawmakers serving on the committee won’t be banned from accepting donations from fossil fuel companies, Castor said she would not take those donations, according to The Hill.

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    Martin Saxon

    December 29, 2018 at 1:00 am

    When are you people going to learn, there is NO climate crisis. — Global warming is normal as is “climate change.” Any minor fractional warming we’re experiencing today is well within historical norms. Many PHD scientists like myself call climate change a hoax, but in reality it’s a false pretext for carbon taxation.

    The same true-believers and scammers who perpetuate the climate taxation claim that carbon is pollution when it fact carbon is absolutely essential for life and any increasing in carbon or warming actually boost crop yields which feeds more people and lengthens growing seasons in northern regions usually limited by cold.

    Climate fraudsters like Micahel Mann at Sanduski University of Child molestation in Pensylvania and even Nasa has cooked the climate data. If you don’t think that’s possible because NASA is too pure, remember that Obama tasked NASA with making Muslims feel more included.

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