Environment

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I am committed to fighting for cleaner air and water, the preservation of our natural resources, and environmental policies that provide for the fair and equal treatment of people of all races and socio-economic classes. There are no second chances to save the environment.

President Theodore Roosevelt told Congress in 1907, "The conservation of our natural resources and their proper use constitute the fundamental problem which underlies almost every other problem of our national life." That message still rings true today. Throughout my career in the House of Representatives, I have continually posted one of the most pro-environmental voting records in Congress. I will always fight for the future of our environment. The health, safety, and well-being of America's children are depending on it.

Everglades Restoration

As Co-Chairman of the Congressional Everglades Caucus, I continue to lead efforts in Congress to secure federal funding for the implementation of the historic Everglades restoration effort. Every dollar invested in the Everglades will return four dollars back to our community, and the master restoration plan is projected to create jobs for more than 442,000 individuals over the next 50 years. The Everglades are also the source for much of South Florida’s drinking water. We have a responsibility to the Everglades, to ourselves and to our children to ensure restoration continues.

Environmental Justice

More than 70 percent of African Americans and Latinos, compared to only 58 percent of non-minority individuals, live in counties that regularly fail to meet current clean air standards. In these areas, a disproportionate number of citizens are suffering from cancer, asthma, toxin poisoning and other ailments related to the environment.   I will continue to fight to ensure minority communities do not unfairly carry a disproportionate share of this country’s environmental burden.

Climate Change

No country is immune to climate change, and no country can tackle the challenges posed by climate change alone. As a leader in the international community, the United States must lead the way on how the world should respond to the growing threat posed by climate change. This threat is of particular concern to Floridians. Increasingly frequent and more powerful hurricanes greatly harm our communities, costing billions of dollars and, tragically, taking lives that can never be replaced.  As climate change melts glaciers, we can expect a rise in sea level, a phenomenon occurring in many parts of the world.  A rise in sea level of a few feet – possible by the end of this century – would devastate our coastal communities and the Everglades, and with over 1,800 miles of coastline, Florida is heavily dependent on the health and stability of the marine ecology.  



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