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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.
by Kate Cullen “A bipartisan coalition in the U.S. Congress pushes for an economic stimulus that dramatically scales-up the transition to a net zero emissions” Today, this feels like an unthinkable headline, but after working on these issues in the U.K., I’ve come to believe that bipartisan action to decarbonizing the U.S. economy may not […]
It’s the time of year that Congress passes funding bills for agencies and this year’s mashup of bills — known as a “minibus” because it only funds some parts of the government — is chock full of environmental provisions intended to reverse Trump rollbacks, take actions the Administration has blocked, and to prevent them from taking others.
With hurricane season about to enter its peak, The Hill reported that six Democratic Senators demanded that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provide them assurances that they will put tougher rules in place to prevent another “Sharpie-gate” from interfering with the work of the weather and climate scientists at the agency.
Why This Matters: Dems are right to demand that there will be no political interference with agency forecasts during this hurricane season — the public’s safety must be paramount.
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