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Florida’s Politicians Follow the Phosphate Money

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Florida’s Politicians Follow the Phosphate Money

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This article demonstrates public awareness of the phosphate industry’s need to feed money to Florida’s politicians. The phosphate industry has given millions of dollars to Florida’s greedy politicians in order to keep buying land and permits to strip mine the Central Florida earth.


The Florida phosphate industry demonstrates the need to donate millions of dollars to Florida’s politicians. This is easily seen by researching where, when, and how much money Florida’s phosphate industry gives to Florida’s elected officials. Each of three references used displays similar figures on the industry’s political donations.

The donations to Florida’s politicians include incumbents, new candidates, Party Committees, Florida Ballot Measure Committees, PACs, and more. It appears, Florida’s political machine is “bought and paid for” by the phosphate industry, based on followthemoney.org. The donations by the phosphate industry to Florida’s political machine add up to a staggering amount of money. These dollars continually flow to local and state authorities, including the Executive, Judicial, Senate, and the House of Representatives branches of government. The data also shows how each “Industry” politician did on their respective races. Interestingly, the lion’s share of the donations went to the winning candidates.

Note:

The data used in this article is data in either electronic or paper files from the disclosure agencies with which candidates must file their campaign finance reports. The data is collected for all state-level candidates in the primary and general elections and then puts it into a database.

Ultimately, all this money gives Florida’s phosphate industry access to their elected officials, while Florida’s citizens take a back seat in the political process. The phosphate industry easily gains access to permits for strip mining and untold amounts of water consumption from the land they purchase. Basically, Florida’s elected officials give the phosphate industry unfettered access to raw land for strip mining and untold amounts of fresh clean aquifer water.

This type of tremendous environmental impact never seems to reach the local media or the local environmental protection organizations, even though all the information is readily available for all who seek. Florida’s phosphate strip mining industry’s severe environmental impact grows more ominous every day. West Central Florida’s aquifer systems are in danger of becoming extinct.

With permits in hand, the phosphate industry historically plunders the Central Florida earth for the phosphate some 40 feet beneath the surface. This is accomplished using huge draglines for strip mining operations. These strip mines can be seen from space through a web application called Google® Earth. If you care to look, you will see large rectangular shaped blue pits.

The Peace River Watershed is ground zero for Florida’s phosphate industry and covers 2,300 square miles in the southwest central Florida area. It contains the majority of the Florida phosphate mining industry, including Bone Valley. As referred to previously, phosphate strip mining companies use draglines to remove surface soils (known as overburden) a hundred feet down, removing thousands of contiguous acres of Florida's aquifer systems.

The United States Geological Society (USGS) believes draglines can be hundreds of feet in height and can weigh hundreds of tons, as well. A dragline's huge bucket holds up to 65 cubic yards of overburden, which will completely fill 10 standard dump trucks. The dragline removes up to 100 feet of earth known as overburden to the phosphate industry. Unfortunately, the first 60 feet of earth holds Florida's real treasures. The phosphate pits can be as large as a square mile in some instances and up to 100 feet deep, each filled with clear clean aquifer water.

The water is released from crushing the aquifer systems with the draglines. Once the aquifer is crushed, the uncontained water runs into the mine pits. Each of the crushed aquifers is gone forever because they cannot simply be rebuilt during the reclamation phase. The aquifers took nature thousands of years to perfect and the phosphate draglines can totally destroy one in an afternoon.

If it was not for the money given to Florida’s politicians, the phosphate industry would wither away. This is because a phosphate strip mine could not afford to operate without the privileges of unfettered water consumption, total destruction of Florida’s aquifer systems, and a very loosely watch reclamation phase. I believe strip mining would be unaffordable without the phosphate industry’s money funneling in to Florida’s politicians’ pockets.

Last year alone, the phosphate industry gave almost $800,000 to the Florida Phosphate Political Committee, I (PAC), $15,000 to Ballot Measure Committees, $1.52 million to Florida’s Republican Party, and $385,000 to Florida’s Democratic Party. That is 2.72 million dollars to just those four groups in one year. The phosphate industry needs this type access of get away with their continuing environmental devastation.

Is Florida phosphate more valuable than Florida’s watersheds and aquifers? Florida politics and a phosphate strip mining industry say it is every day. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection Services says, "... in 2000 $1.13 billion dollars of phosphate based fertilizer was exported from Florida making it another one of Florida's leading export commodities".

As of this writing, thousands of square miles of critical wetlands, aquifer systems, and watersheds continue to be purchased by the phosphate mining industry for the purpose of strip mining the contents. This all happens with the permission of the state and counties of Florida as they issue permits earmarked for phosphate strip mines. Unfortunately, these permits grant the phosphate strip mining industry access to Florida's rich geography including Florida's unique aquifer systems. Florida's aquifer systems took nature millennia (thousands of years) to perfect and many are now totally extinct.

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The Florida phosphate industry demonstrates the need to donate millions of dollars to Florida’s politicians. This is easily seen by researching where, when, and how much money Florida’s phosphate industry gives to Florida’s elected officials. Each of three references used displays similar figures on the industry’s political donations.

The donations to Florida’s politicians include incumbents, new candidates, Party Committees, Florida Ballot Measure Committees, PACs, and more. It appears, Florida’s political machine is “bought and paid for” by the phosphate industry, based on followthemoney.org. The donations by the phosphate industry to Florida’s political machine add up to a staggering amount of money. These dollars continually flow to local and state authorities, including the Executive, Judicial, Senate, and the House of Representatives branches of government. The data also shows how each “Industry” politician did on their respective races. Interestingly, the lion’s share of the donations went to the winning candidates.

Note:

The data used in this article is data in either electronic or paper files from the disclosure agencies with which candidates must file their campaign finance reports. The data is collected for all state-level candidates in the primary and general elections and then puts it into a database.

Ultimately, all this money gives Florida’s phosphate industry access to their elected officials, while Florida’s citizens take a back seat in the political process. The phosphate industry easily gains access to permits for strip mining and untold amounts of water consumption from the land they purchase. Basically, Florida’s elected officials give the phosphate industry unfettered access to raw land for strip mining and untold amounts of fresh clean aquifer water.

This type of tremendous environmental impact never seems to reach the local media or the local environmental protection organizations, even though all the information is readily available for all who seek. Florida’s phosphate strip mining industry’s severe environmental impact grows more ominous every day. West Central Florida’s aquifer systems are in danger of becoming extinct.

With permits in hand, the phosphate industry historically plunders the Central Florida earth for the phosphate some 40 feet beneath the surface. This is accomplished using huge draglines for strip mining operations. These strip mines can be seen from space through a web application called Google® Earth. If you care to look, you will see large rectangular shaped blue pits.

The Peace River Watershed is ground zero for Florida’s phosphate industry and covers 2,300 square miles in the southwest central Florida area. It contains the majority of the Florida phosphate mining industry, including Bone Valley. As referred to previously, phosphate strip mining companies use draglines to remove surface soils (known as overburden) a hundred feet down, removing thousands of contiguous acres of Florida's aquifer systems.

The United States Geological Society (USGS) believes draglines can be hundreds of feet in height and can weigh hundreds of tons, as well. A dragline's huge bucket holds up to 65 cubic yards of overburden, which will completely fill 10 standard dump trucks. The dragline removes up to 100 feet of earth known as overburden to the phosphate industry. Unfortunately, the first 60 feet of earth holds Florida's real treasures. The phosphate pits can be as large as a square mile in some instances and up to 100 feet deep, each filled with clear clean aquifer water.

The water is released from crushing the aquifer systems with the draglines. Once the aquifer is crushed, the uncontained water runs into the mine pits. Each of the crushed aquifers is gone forever because they cannot simply be rebuilt during the reclamation phase. The aquifers took nature thousands of years to perfect and the phosphate draglines can totally destroy one in an afternoon.

If it was not for the money given to Florida’s politicians, the phosphate industry would wither away. This is because a phosphate strip mine could not afford to operate without the privileges of unfettered water consumption, total destruction of Florida’s aquifer systems, and a very loosely watch reclamation phase. I believe strip mining would be unaffordable without the phosphate industry’s money funneling in to Florida’s politicians’ pockets.

Last year alone, the phosphate industry gave almost $800,000 to the Florida Phosphate Political Committee, I (PAC), $15,000 to Ballot Measure Committees, $1.52 million to Florida’s Republican Party, and $385,000 to Florida’s Democratic Party. That is 2.72 million dollars to just those four groups in one year. The phosphate industry needs this type access of get away with their continuing environmental devastation.

Is Florida phosphate more valuable than Florida’s watersheds and aquifers? Florida politics and a phosphate strip mining industry say it is every day. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection Services says, "... in 2000 $1.13 billion dollars of phosphate based fertilizer was exported from Florida making it another one of Florida's leading export commodities".

As of this writing, thousands of square miles of critical wetlands, aquifer systems, and watersheds continue to be purchased by the phosphate mining industry for the purpose of strip mining the contents. This all happens with the permission of the state and counties of Florida as they issue permits earmarked for phosphate strip mines. Unfortunately, these permits grant the phosphate strip mining industry access to Florida's rich geography including Florida's unique aquifer systems. Florida's aquifer systems took nature millennia (thousands of years) to perfect and many are now totally extinct.

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