Politics. Climate Politics. Water Politics. Federal, State, and Local Politics.



Philip Levine, TIME, December 12th, 2016

Throughout Donald Trump’s campaign for President, he repeatedly promised to build a wall along our Southern border to stymie the flow of illegal immigration (and coax Mexico into paying for it). But as a businessman and a real estate developer, perhaps President-elect Trump should consider devoting his attention to a far more rational and productive project: protecting Florida’s fragile coastline from the threats of climate change and sea level rise.

In Miami Beach, we never debate climate change. Instead, we find solutions to combat the challenges we face related to sea level rise.
As I have said many times, the ocean is not Republican or Democrat. While we bicker over the science and solutions, it will only continue to rise. If he is willing to look for it, the President-elect can find common ground here and step in as a leader on a major issue, for our state, our nation and our planet.

Jenny Staletovich, Miami Herald, December 12th, 2016

Everglades restoration scored a major victory over the weekend when Congress approved a long-awaited waterworks bill. The $10 billion bill comes at the end of a year filled with water woes that wilted Florida Bay and left Treasure Coast estuaries coated in slimy green algae, and includes authorization for the Central Everglades Planning Project. The $1.9 billion project, which splits the tab between the state and federal government, is intended to speed up work critical to reviving the flow of water south to keep marshes healthy and help fend off saltwater intrusion threatening South Florida’s water supplies.

David Helvarg, The Los Angeles Times, December 2nd, 2016

When Floridians narrowly voted for Donald Trump on Nov. 8, they might as well have elected to drown themselves. Rising seas and accelerating storms are inundating this low-lying state, but a majority of its citizens still chose a presidential candidate who calls climate change a hoax.

Most of the nation is … like Florida: State governments and voters resist the cure because they refuse to believe they have the disease, or that it exists.
Environmentalists used to say, “Think globally, act locally.” If the fact that CO2 emissions are increasing temperatures isn’t acknowledged, Florida will also become a model for how we cope with our new reality: denying climate change globally, but acting — frantically, expensively and with too little impact — locally.