Lovely Florida, lovely world

I returned to Florida last Monday during a torrential storm, horrible rain and flood waters that washed over major roadways. I had to drive on sidewalks to get my car to a safe space and within walking distance of my temp home.

Florida is a lovely place. It has beautiful beaches (duh!), extraordinary biodiversity, racial diversity even if it is not always peaceful, and a strange mix of politics. It is called a swing state for a reason.

The beautiful environment and its sense of permanence has created a political collision. Many people think it will last forever. Too many of them do not recognize that climate change will cause a rise in sea levels, flooding and salt water infiltration into their drinking water.

The Governor, Rick Scott, is a corrupt politician, convicted of the largest Medicare fraud case in US history. He is one of those queer anti-government people who become politicians. He hates the federal government but wants US taxpayers to buy conservation land in the Everglades, a program whose funding he vetoed. He hates the federal government but wants the rest of us to pay for anti-Zika virus funding that he also vetoed. He denies that climate change is a human caused problem.

Florida is a great state. It deserves better than this corrupt governor or its megalomaniac Senator Marco Rubio. And it deserves a state and national energy policy that will protect it from the otherwise inevitable rise in sea level that will flood more than half of the state.

Florida and New Orleans are ground zero for the US version of climate catastrophe, but it is coming your/our way whether through drought, flood, or pestilence (yup, invasive species are on the march). What parts of the US are not suffering from drought? Certainly not my Boston area home.

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About Jim Marzilli

Jim Marzilli combines expertise in economic, energy and environmental policy with a deep understanding of public policy and politics. He has strong political campaign, organizing, networking, media and communication skills. He played a unique role for eighteen years as an elected official in state government, working nationally and internationally with sub-national and national governments, NGOs and businesses. He left state government in 2008 and went to Iraq to work on a democracy building program. He spent the winters of 2013 and 2014 working in Burma/Myanmar with people who are trying to expand democracy in their country.
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