Friday, July 11, 2014

Evidence mounts, international media is picking up on the chaotic politics of Florida and climate change … by gimleteye

Worth reading today's UK Guardian report on climate change and Miami real estate, linking up as we have done for years at EOM with state politics, Chamber of Commerce values, and the climate change deniers in the Florida GOP leadership like Marco Rubio, Rick Scott and Jeb Bush. The Guardian title, "Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away", couldn't be more succinct. We've done our best to look exactly, with a gimlet eye, and expose the undercurrents that have eroded and continue to erode our quality of life.

The Guardian: "Most of Florida's senior politicians – in particular, Senator Marco Rubio, former governor Jeb Bush and current governor Rick Scott, all Republican climate-change deniers – have refused to act or respond to warnings of people like Wanless or Harlem or to give media interviews to explain their stance, though Rubio, a Republican party star and a possible 2016 presidential contender, has made his views clear in speeches. "I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it. I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy," he said recently. Miami is in denial in every sense, it would seem. Or as Wanless puts it: "People are simply sticking their heads in the sand. It is mind-boggling."
Have a great weekend.


Anonymous said...

The South Florida media seemed to have missed the release of the "Miami-Dade Sea Level rise Task Force Report and Recommendations."

I call it the twelve-step report. It begins with the admission of a problem: Sea level rise is real, regardless of what causes it. While there are no concrete proposals, the report does state Miami will face severe financial consequences if it chooses to do nothing.

Anonymous said...

Still pushing global warming? LOL!

Sparrow said...

See story about Miami in the July 111 Guardian:

Try driving in Miami Beach after a rain storm and tell me there is not a problem. The aging infrastructure and rising sea levels will cost billions to keep a lot of our beach areas habitable - temporarily. Yet we are represented in Congress by a nincompoop that denies the reasons it's happening, thus refuses to take action to stem it. Thank goodness for Sen. Nelson, who understands science, public interest and adaptation.

Anonymous said...

The reason deniers stick to their version, because doing something involves:
Unpleasant decisions and laws. Changing how business is run. Changing the growth model economy. Biting the hand that feeds the politicians. And frankly who is going to make a political career telling people they have to do with less, pay for something that gets soon submerged, and by the way one Day you'll be forced to abandon your homestead because utility service will stop.

The time to rally the population was in the 1960ies. We would have had min 2 generations to get it in to their head by now. I'm afraid we are on auto pilot already.