Are you paying attention Florida?
Today, President Donald Trump is expected to announce his decision on whether to exit from the historic 195-nation Paris agreement meant to address the issues presented by climate change.
Trump, though he repeatedly promised to do so during the presidential campaign, is reportedly under pressure from the major corporations and senior members of his own staff to remain in the pact.
As I’ve said previously, climate change as especially important to Florida due to the threat from rising sea levels up-and-down the east coast. Trump’s own South Florida properties, including Mar-a-Lago and Doral are said to be at risk.
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The Post Editorial Board last addressed Florida’s issue with sea level rise in April, saying state and federal leaders must reverse themselves and see sea-level for the threat it is — today. Because it will only get worse for Florida:
A simple change in the phase of the moon.
That’s all it takes now to flood parts of Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. That’s all it takes to flood homeowners’ yards in Delray Beach and Boca Raton. That’s all it takes to flood tourist-laden stretches of Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.
You would think this would be enough to convince our state and federal officials that it’s time to take action to mitigate the threat of rising sea levels along Florida’s 1,200-mile coastline.
It should be enough. But thus far, the response has been … meh.
You can read the editorial in its entirety.