Sen. Bill Nelson’s statement that Florida is ground zero for sea-level rise shows that he understands the urgency of addressing global warming.
Given the public relations campaign by the dirty energy industry to spread junk science and deny climate change, statements like this from elected officials are critically important.
The next step is acting, and that means cleaning up our power plants — America’s No. 1 source of carbon pollution — and shifting to more clean energy like wind and solar. President Obama is moving forward with a new climate action plan to limit carbon from power plants, but he’ll need Florida’s support to make that happen.
I urge more of Florida’s elected leaders to join Nelson and support action on climate so that we can protect the future of our children and our coastal communities from the worst affects of global warming.
Jennifer Rubiello, Environment Florida, Tallahassee