On Earth Day, President Obama will visit the Everglades and speak about the threat of climate change and what his administration is doing to address it. In a preview of the speech this weekend, Obama said, “This is the only planet we’ve got. And years from now, I want to be able to look our children and grandchildren in the eye and tell them that we did everything we could to protect it.”
The White House likely hopes to draw a contrast between the actions his administration is taking to help communities prepare for the impacts of climate change and the outright climate denial we’ve seen from some lawmakers in Florida and Washington, D.C. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has been criticized in recent weeks after it was reported that state officials were “ordered not to use the term ‘climate change’ or ‘global warming’ in any official communications, emails, or reports.” Last week, Greenpeace published additional email communications showing that a Florida Department of Environmental Protection official instructed a scientist to “make no claims as to cause” of the state’s sea level rise.
Florida officials’ efforts to hide the threat of climate ch... Read more