I urge the Herald to reexamine its recommendation of Sen. Marco Rubio because of his position on climate change, particularly as it relates to Florida.
Sen. Rubio said on ABC’s This Week last May, he believes that addressing climate change will only hurt the economy. About 2.4 million people in the Miami will be affected when the ocean is expected to rise between 6.6 and 30 feet by 2100.
Floridians don’t have to wait 84 years to feel the effects of climate change. In less than 15 years, according to a 2014 report, $69 billion worth of property is at risk of flooding if lawmakers do not implement changes to counteract these predictions.
According to a 2015 Miami Herald article, “higher temperatures and rising seas could slow labor productivity, stress the energy industry and dry up cash pumped into the state by tourists.”
Even Sen. Rubio’s constituents disagree with his beliefs and actions regarding climate change. According to Newsweek, 81 percent of respondents in a June 2015 poll of Florida’s 27th Congressional District (including Miami, where Sen. Rubio lives) believed climate change is a problem that Congress should address.
Wendy Goldberg, Aventura