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Given that the Democratic Party denies the need for a debate dedicated to the topic of climate change, the location of the first Democratic debate — Miami — is ironic, to say the least. No other American city is feeling the brunt of climate change on a daily basis the way that Miami is — from fires in the Everglades (yes – you are reading that correctly) to record-breaking heat (this past Sunday) to daily flooding to hundreds of million dollars in upgrades to infrastructure, Miamians are already dealing with the climate crisis. But will the candidates get to discuss this important issue beyond the basics of support or opposition for the Green New Deal and re-entry into the Paris Agreement? That is THE question.
Why This Matters: As one Miami resident, whose home was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma in 2017, explained to The New York Times, “It’s a country problem. We have to help pay where there’s tornadoes and there’s fires. There’s a mix of Democrats and Republicans on my street, and we all suffered the same amount.” What residents here want to know is what are these candidates going to do about it. Florida is ground zero for both climate change and Presidential politics. This is the moment to ensure that the locals and people all over the country who are concerned about this issue learn more about where each of the candidates stands on climate issues like how much to spend on infrastructure to ensure coastal resilience, how to protect people in the face of increased fire and severe storm risk, and how to confront the health issues that result from excessive heat. We hope the many MSNBC debate moderators will make the most of it.
The Public Wants More Climate Policy Discussion. Why? Because climate change is costing them real money.
In the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, 49 percent of respondents to a survey said they had made physical changes to their homes in the past year to protect against sea-level rise, flooding or extreme weather, as compared with 30 percent elsewhere in the state.
Recent polling shows that 71 percent of Florida voters, including 85 percent of Democrats, support government action to address climate change, according to a survey by Climate Nexus in partnership with the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. And some are not about to let the Democrats forget it — on Thursday, local activists plan to stage a rally near the Democrats’ debate venue to demand climate action.
To Go Deeper: Here, again, is our climate cheat sheet for Night 1 of the debate.
It’s not just men in the fishing sector who are impacted by climate change, overfishing, and COVID-19 — women are too. Women like Alexia Jaurez of Sonora, Mexico, who is featured in this Environmental Defense Fund video, do the important work of monitoring the catch and the price, and most importantly determining how many more […]
Last Friday, the United States formally reentered the Paris Climate Agreement. This is undoubtedly good news but after four years of total climate inaction on the part of the Trump administration as well as other nations failing to meet their commitments, it’s more urgent than ever that the world comes together and gets it right. […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Yesterday, the Senate voted to confirm former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as Secretary of Energy. Granholm, who has positive relationships with both Democrats and Republicans, has committed to implementing science-based policy as part of President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan. In keeping with President Biden’s plan to pack his cabinet with diverse appointees, Granholm […]
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