By now most South Florida residents are well aware of the scientific reality and dangers that face us in the immediate future brought on by climate change.
However, while 93 percent of climate scientists have amassed clear and indisputable evidence, Sen. Marco Rubio still denies the existence of climate change, even though his home district is considered “ground zero” for these real effects:
• Rising sea levels and saltwater intrusion threatening our drinking water supply in addition to creating other ecological problems.
• Greater frequency of more severe flooding and storms.
• Invasive species affecting our fragile ecosystem (not to mention our safety).
We live in a region prized for more than 250 breezy, sun-filled days a year, yet government representatives such as Rubio, private industry and utility companies fail to present tangible plans for solar or wind generated energy. Renewable energy is real. It is readily available. It is an economic generator and creator of jobs. Simply put, it is the future.
As Congress returns to session in September, it is vital that the members of the press maintain pressure on our elected officials and continue to keep citizens informed of ways to preserve our natural resources such as clean drinking water, pursue renewable sources of energy such as solar and wind, and preserve what is left of our coveted way of life that we are so fortunate to enjoy in South Florida.
The time to act is now. We cannot afford another season of inaction and partisan bickering.
Alex Madeja, Miami Beach