It seems like the politics of climate change, that menacing nuance that threatens to swallow Florida’s coastline in a sea of water decades into the future, is dancing around Gov. Rick Scott.
Nobody in Florida likes to talk about climate change. Heck, I hate talking about climate change, but it’s an issue that effects all Floridians, and it’s time for Scott and the Republicans in Tallahassee to get with the program about this serious threat to Florida’s way of life.
I didn’t mean for the previous paragraph to sound like a disaster movie trailer, but it’s the truth, climate change must be dealt with – now. Government officials in heavy populated South Florida has been trying in vain to get politicians in much safer Tallahassee to listen to their concerns about climate change.
Even the city of South Miami had to propose an inane resolution to split the state in two to get their voices heard about the threat of climate change. But with the passage of Amendment 1 and new EPA laws kicking in, Scott and the Republicans may have no choice but to move on protecting Florida’s fragile coastline from the rising seas.
On the state front, voters required the state to commit about $1 billion annually to conserve Florida’s natural resources, including the springs and the Everglades. On the federal; front, new EPA rules will demand that Florida must curb carbon emissions by almost 40 percent by 2020.
Even if Scott and the Republicans continue to put their head in the sands over climate change, the threat isn’t going away; in fact, it’s already happening. Miami Beach is currently seeing more flooding, which scientist say are due to the changing climate.
Alan Farago, the president of Friends of the Everglades, a Miami-based environmental nonprofit, told Bloomberg that Tallahassee can no longer run from this issue:
“Climate Change isn’t going away. It’s going to be incumbent on the Republicans to be responsible on an issue that affects everyone, and that they can’t run away from.”
That was the true beauty of Amendment 1 passing, as it now forces the Republicans to think about and preserve Florida’s beautiful natural attractions, which will in turn help the state be protected from the potential ravages of climate change.
In reality, it never should had come to passing an amendment to force Tallahassee to protect the state’s natural resources, but if they can’t do it willingly, than it had to be forced. Like it or not, climate change is dancing around Scott and the Republicans, and let’s hope this message is understood.