EYE ON MIAMI: Florida Gov. Rick Scott has a big idea for President-elect Trump: get rid of federal protections for the environment

EYE ON MIAMI: November 18, 2016. Written by Gimleteye.

With the list of nominees to lead the Trump U.S. Department of Interior including former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, the states' rights battle to wrest control of environmental policy from the federal government is tinder set to fire.

In Florida, that tinder is already lit in a way that should alarm the American public. Florida Governor Rick Scott and his political appointees are pressuring the federal government to surrender a national wildlife refuge to the state. President Theodore Roosevelt (in the photo above next to John Muir, the founder of Sierra Club) was a Republican and great advocate for our national park system. Teddy is rolling in his grave.

The land is called the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. It is a glorious wetland that is bordered on the east by encroaching suburbia in West Palm Beach and sugar farms to the north and west. To the south, downstream of the Loxahatchee: the dying Everglades. The Loxahatchee is famous for being the place where water quality standards for the Everglades were set by federal law in the 1990s, after a decade of litigation.

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