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October 25, 2014

A GOP Climate Change Dilemma in Florida

New York Times: The National Climate Assessment report “named Miami as one of the cities most vulnerable to severe damage as a result of rising sea levels.”

“The national climate report found that although rapidly melting Arctic ice is threatening the entire American coastline, Miami is exceptionally vulnerable because of its unique geology. The city is built on top of porous limestone, which is already allowing the rising seas to soak into the city’s foundation, bubble up through pipes and drains, encroach on fresh water supplies and saturate infrastructure. County governments estimate that the damages could rise to billions or even trillions of dollars.”

Senator Marco Rubio, former Gov. Jeb Bush and the current governor, Rick Scott have “declined repeated requests to be interviewed on the subject … Political analysts say the reluctance of the three men to speak publicly on the issue reflects an increasingly difficult political reality for Republicans grappling with the issue of climate change … In acknowledging the problem, politicians must endorse a solution, but the only major policy solutions to climate change — taxing or regulating the oil, gas and coal industries — are anathema to the base of the Republican Party. Thus, many Republicans, especially in Florida, appear to be dealing with the issue by keeping silent.”

  • topjob66t


    FLORIDA GOV. CHARLIE CRIST TO ANNOUNCE STATEWIDE CAP ON GLOBAL WARMING POLLUTION
    Environmental Defense Hails Leadership Action on Climate Change
    July 11, 2007″
    And then the fools in Florida voted him out and put in a climate change denier. They have a chance to correct their error. We will see.

    • moderatesunite

      they didnt actually vote him out, as he chose to run for the senate instead of for re-election as governor
      but otherwise correct, the super republican legislature thoroughly refused to work with Crist on climate change even when he was a republican.

  • Unsphexish

    My mother always told me, if you can’t stick to the party’s script full of lies, don’t say anything at all.

    Or maybe it was something about being nice. I forget.

    • philofthefuture

      The nice thing is it works no matter which party. :<)

  • carlos

    Tell us please, Mr. Goddard, just when the mad stampede to sell Florida coastal property started? It surely took all of us by surprise, as did the rush to sell real estate in Manhattan and California. I think you know as well as the rest of us that the real money knows the real name of the game–and it’s not climate disruption or any other Holdren-chosen panic term.

    • ml77

      Try getting a flood insurance policy on the FL coast without the federal government’s help. A lot of Tea Party types living down there would be ruined every time there’s a flood or hurricane without the federal government. Yet they continue to say that it can’t do anything right. Hypocrites.

      • Layla

        Let’s tax insults, shall we? We’ll all be rich.

  • ninetyninepct

    Oceans are NOT rising, Florida is limestone and it is dissolving. It should disappear in a couple of hundred years.

    • moderatesunite

      http://climate.nasa.gov/key_indicators#seaLevel

      except wait yes sea level is rising about 8 inches so far.

      and Today came the release of several studies showing West Antarctica has begun to collapse, but hey it will take a couple hundred years to completely melt so why do anything right?

      • philofthefuture

        8 inches so far???? So far from what? Go to the NOAA site and get some real historic data. They are projecting four feet in a couple of centuries, that works out to .02 feet/yr., about a quarter inch.

        • moderatesunite

          8 inches in the last century. IPCC projections are for 1-3 feet by 2100 but that does not include melting from Greenland or Antarctica, and so will need to be revised upward as a result of the melting of the West antarctic ice sheets that was confirmed by the studies released earlier in the week.

          my point was only that ninety’s unqualified “Oceans are NOT rising” statement was false.

  • James Brown

    I’m 63, and I just want to live enough more years to see the rising Atlantic flood Rush Limbaugh’s Palm Beach mansion…

    • philofthefuture

      At a centimeter give or take a year, you’ll have a long wait.

  • John W

    Suppose the U.S. did everything the global warming believers are calling for. How much would it reduce the rising ocean projections mentioned here.
    The big sources of warming are countries such as China, Russia, India and most of the third world. They are doing little or nothing to help. Are we going to overturn our economy and our lifestyles to delay the rise of the ocean significantly?
    With all the scientific agreement on the methodology of predictions, it seems to me that “what if” calculations would be easy to make. How much delay would occur under various scenarios?

  • YONATAN C

    THE REPUBLICAN SENATE HAS CONTINUED THEIR WAR AGAINST THE UNEMPLOYED. SINCE LATE LAST DECEMBER, 2.6 MILLION UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES HAVE BEEN WITHOUT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, WITHOUT FINANCIAL MEANS TO SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN. THE SENATE HAS FAILED MISERABLY TO PASS THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION BILL FOR THE PAST FIVE MONTHS. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE HELD THE EXTENSION BILL “HOSTAGE” IN THE SENATE, IN ORDER TO HAVE THEIR BILLS PASSED AS WELL. MILLIONS OF FAMILIES HAVE SUFFERED EVICTIONS, HOME FORECLOSURES, BANKRUPTCY, AND HOMELESSNESS, WAITING FOR THE BILL TO PASS. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE USED THESE PEOPLE AS BARGAINING CHIPS, AND FOR POLITICAL LEVERAGE. THEY HAVE SHOWN A TOTAL LACK OF COMPASSION, AND COMMON DECENCY. THEY NEED TO HELP THESE FAMILIES IMMEDIATELY.

  • YONATAN C

    Another thing that the republicans should be “ashamed” of, is the fact that they STILL haven’t passed the unemployment extension bill, for the 2.6 million unemployed families in this country. Since late last December, the republicans have held the extension bill “hostage” in the senate, for political leverage, to get the Koch Brother’s XL Oil Pipeline approved in return for their vote on the extension bill. The republicans have used these unfortunate families as bargaining chips, not caring about what these families are going through. Many of these families have lost everything, while waiting these past five months for the extension bill to pass, to help them survive financially until they find employment. The republicans have continued to make delay after delay, stalling so that time would run out for the passing of the bill in the senate. This was a deliberate act, and these families will now have to continue suffering and struggling without any income. The republicans have shown a total lack of compassion, and common decency towards these families. There are now 2.6 million unemployed, and the number is growing every week. The American people are angry and will voice their anger at the ballot box in the coming elections. They will remember how the republican senate made their lives a living hell

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