Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Dead marine life + threatened businesses + destroyed property values = Gov. Rick Scott and Florida legislature ... by gimleteye

Big Sugar is pouring lobbyists into Tallahassee in proportion to its pollution of the Caloosahatchee, the SW coast of Florida, the Indian River, St. Lucie, and Atlantic coast.

These are a few of the recent photos grabbed from Facebook and reaching hundreds of thousands of viewers: from Bullsugar.org, SWFL Clean Water Movement, Save The Indian River Lagoon.

Finally, social media is attracting a state-wide audience, linking audiences on both Florida coasts who mostly vote Republican. "All those dead fish, dolphins, turtles, birds and other critters killed by the flushing of Lake O into the estuaries, should be loaded in a truck and delivered to the governor's mansion in Tallahassee... " Don't forget to leave some on the front steps of the Florida legislature.

The state legislature and Gov. Rick Scott have consistently undermined and eroded tough pollution laws and enforcement measures in Florida. Our Congressional delegation, including US Senator Marco Rubio and US Senator Bill Nelson, could have effectively argued for a muscular U.S. EPA to deal with phosphorous, nitrogen, and sulfate pollution. Yes, the trade associations like Associated Industries of Florida and the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Big Sugar are responsible for pay-to-play politics that are deforming representative democracy. Voters and taxpayers are bearing the costs of pollution in Florida, but they are also responsible for supporting incumbents who have taken a wrecking ball to the state, to our quality of life, and to the environment on which so many businesses and so much property value depend.


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