Monday, May 02, 2016

California Governor Slaps Back At Florida Governor ... by gimleteye

Gov. Rick Scott took a swipe at California's tax policies and Gov. Jerry Brown, whose state is the 7th largest economy in the world, slapped back at Scott. Florida's GOP elite refuses to acknowledge that climate change is putting Florida's entire economy at risk. Scott is a climate change denier like US Senator Marco Rubio, Ag. Secretary Adam Putnam and most of the GOP leadership. Here is the text of Gov. Brown's public letter to Scott:

Dear Governor Scott,

I’m writing to welcome you back to California – a state that in the last year has added more jobs than Florida and Texas combined. We’re home to Hollywood, Silicon Valley and more than 50 Fortune 500 companies. We attract more than half of the nation’s venture capital investment, win more than a quarter of the nation’s patents and grow much of the nation’s fruits and vegetables. Our budget is balanced. We’re paying down debt and building a solid rainy day fund.

Rick, a fact you’d like to ignore: California is the 7th largest economic power in the world. We’re competing with nations like Brazil and France, not states like Florida.

If you’re truly serious about Florida’s economic wellbeing, it’s time to stop the silly political stunts and start doing something about climate change – two words you won’t even let state officials say. The threat is real and so too will be the devastating impacts.

To help you get a better grasp on things, I’m enclosing a recent report authored by the Risky Business Project, a nonpartisan climate initiative led by Hank Paulson, Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer. It’s titled, “Come Heat and High Water: Climate Risk in the Southeastern U.S. and Texas,” and finds:

“Florida faces more risk than any other state that private, insurable property could be inundated by high tide, storm surge and sea level rise. By 2030 up to $69 billion in coastal property will likely be at risk of inundation at high tide that is not at risk today. By 2050, the value of property below local high tide levels will increase to up to about $152 billion.”

The report also notes that Florida’s economy could suffer billions of dollars in additional losses as labor productivity drops and storm damage mounts due to extreme weather events.

So, while you’re enjoying a stroll on one of California’s beautiful beaches this week, don’t stick your head in the sand. Take a few minutes to read the rest of this report. There’s no time to waste.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.


Anonymous said...

Why can't Floriduh have a real, serious governor like Brown, instead of an obvious fascist goose-stepper like Scott who should be in prison?

ZWoman said...

The problem with Floriduh is we have too many retirees from red states that don't understand our economy or geology. We got stuck with Sick Rott during the Tea Party Tide and it has done irrevocable harm. People voted for a criminal who robbed the U.S. Treasury of billions of dollars in the form of Medicare payments because they are angry at the thought of poor black people getting a pittance of government assistance. And yes, I know there are more white people getting government help than black people, but the racist morons who vote republican do not understand that. This state is so screwed. As for me, I am moving to higher ground, possibly Canada if Trump gets elected. Don't think it can't happen people, you overestimate the American electorate.

Steve Hagen said...

Love Brown's letter to the dunce.
I recently visited my brother from Michigan who winters in Bradenton.
While in the community pool I was quizzing people about big sugar dumping crap in the rivers......The retirees (except the fishermen) were clueless...One woman from a Republican suburb of Chicago thought I was talking about sugar actually being dumped in the rivers......

Steve Hagen, Atlanta

Geniusofdespair said...

Zwoman Cruz is from Canada

Anonymous said...

Jerry Brown, come to Miami. We would welcome you with open arms and un abrazo!

Anonymous said...

Gov. Scott is so unpopular in Florida that he was likely looking for a place to live when his term ends. Can't imagine that he would dare to live in Florida, except maybe in an isolated, private community. Any takers? He's all yours!

Unknown said...

Nice job Gov. Brown. I wish we could get someone here in Fl. with your eye on the issues at hand and also on the future. Our Gov. couldn't make a legitimte business deal if his life depended on it. Seems it is always shakey, economy killing, pleading the 5th types of deals we are stuck with. From a disgruntled and embarrassed Fl. native watching an amature carpet bagger try to run with the big dogs.

Anonymous said...

The guy 2 comments up is a real Moron. Floridas economy is driven primarily by its natural resources. Recreation fishing alone equals more then sugar and oranges combined in FL. For all you extra conservative rep., while you are more worried about gay marriages and legal marijuana. The rest of us had had enough with the Trillion dollar war on drugs and the complete and total disregard for taking care of the environment. Compassion is trate which takes more courage to preform then fighting. You have traded momentary, monitory compensation for the future of FL as a whole. Capitalism should NEVER come at the cost of Nature.

Instead of Agreeing with Gov. Scott, you should learn from him and just plead the 5th!

Edwin Marsh said...

Heads up! Gwen Graham is going to run for Govenor!!!!Daughter of the great Bob Graham. We never had a better govenor, and she will make us proud, for sure.