Environmental Challenges

We can’t continue to bury our heads in the sand. Seas are rising. Streets in Miami flood at high tide. In 2017, massive hurricanes slammed into the U.S., one after another. Florida’s main economies–tourism, real estate, and agriculture–will continue to be damaged by extreme weather and rising seas. Florida must fast-track a transition from dirty fossil fuel to solar energy. Not someday. Today. This will lower our utility bills, create jobs, and keep Florida above water.

Lake Okeechobee runoff causes toxic algae that kills plants and animals. It endangers beachgoers, fishing, tourism, and quality of life. Instead, lake waters should be cleaned and allowed to flow south in a controlled way, refilling drinking water aquifers and nourishing the Everglades. At the same time, we have to strike a balance with agricultural needs. So far, Tallahassee has kicked the can down the road. I intend to change that.

Fracking injects toxic chemicals deep in the earth, putting drinking water at risk. In Oklahoma, where fracking is common, daily earthquakes are the norm. They damage homes and lower property values. Florida’s porous limestone is already prone to sinkholes. Fracking could make that worse. We should ban fracking to preserve drinking water and natural resources.