THE DAILY CLIMATE: October 24, 2016. Written by Debbie Harrison Rumberger.
MARATHON, Fla.—Less than a decade ago, Florida was poised to become a global leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This was a time of hope—a belief that we could still avoid the most severe impacts of a rapidly warming planet.
The irony of what has happened since makes the ecosystem collapse underway right now throughout south Florida even more heartbreaking.
When Rick Scott entered the Governor's office, the hard work of building broad bi-partisan support for addressing climate change was done.
As a member of the Florida Energy and Climate Action Team, I was privileged to work with leading scientists, legislators, energy and utility leaders and environmentalists in a unified effort to see our state become a climate leader. We set out to tackle both emissions reductions and clean energy investment.