“States need resources to deal with climate change. The national folks haven’t made it a priority,” said Rob Cowin, director of government affairs for the Union of Concerned Scientists... "We need leadership and we need help."
Perception is everything. US Senator Bill Nelson ought to come to the climate change issue naturally. One of his talking points has to do with his experience as an astronaut gazing down at the fragile skein of atmosphere that holds all life and differentiates our planet from everywhere else we can see in the universe.
But when it comes to going front and center? Let's just say it's taken his entire political career to get to this point in time: leading a Senate field hearing on the obvious.
Part of the obvious is the thorniest question facing Florida homeowners: national flood insurance. The other part of the obvious is that if the United States fails to lead on energy reform, we are condemning our grandchildren to a world of hurt.
What is remarkable is that Florida voters, with the most to lose from climate change in the nation, continue to tolerate public officials who are cowards on climate change.
The best answer to that problem is to vote for candidates and incumbents who aren't cowards.