Monday, March 3, 2014

Carbon Pollution: Florida shouldn’t be a victim

By Maggie Fernandez and Jonathan Ullman

Crystal River Coal Plant, Citrus County
If you live next to a Citrus County coal-burning power plant, drive through a flooded Miami Beach street or are one of the seven million people who get their drinking water from a drought-prone Everglades, you are part of a growing Florida demographic: victims of carbon pollution.

Most Floridians don’t intuitively make the connection between power plants and climate disruption. We have to be reminded that coal plants like Crystal River in Citrus County are not only a threat to families that breathe in their pollutants directly, but to all Floridians in the form of sea level rise, superstorms and drought.
Miami Beach salt-water flooding, photo by Jon Ullman

We treat the symptoms but feel helpless about finding a cure.

That time is ending. During the next few months, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be crafting carbon pollution protections for existing power plants. Coal and gas-fired power plants, which emit approximately 40% of total US energy-related carbon pollution –a major source of rising temperatures and seas -- would finally be regulated.

In Florida there’s only one glitch: Governor Rick Scott has said he doesn’t believe in climate disruption, and he hasn't shown support for EPA safeguards.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott
That’s a big problem for Florida.

First, let’s look at coal pollution without the climate implications:

According to the Clean Air Task Force, coal pollution in the United States costs us more than $100 billion annually in health costs and results in more than 12,000 emergency room visits per year. Northern and Central Florida is still dotted with coal plants, and increasingly we’re seeing large natural gas plants in the South Florida with their own set of health risks.

Now add in the carbon:

Last December was the hottest on record in Palm Beach County and nearly the hottest in Miami-Dade and Broward. Recently, the City of Miami Beach voted to spend nearly half a billion dollars just to keep pace with sea level rise. Despite record rains in South Florida last fall, the Everglades is increasingly subject to drought threatening the water supply for seven million people.

Florida should be in the front row calling on the EPA to regulate carbon from power plants. Instead, we’re hiding beneath the bleachers.

Rooftop Solar,
The Sunshine State generates less than one percent of its power from solar. Travel the country, and you’ll see solar panels popping up everywhere, except in the state that has the most to lose from climate change.

The new EPA carbon safeguards will spark a wave of 21st century energy innovation and modernization for Florida as we battle climate change and transition to a clean energy economy, but we have to act fast.

Be a part of Florida’s carbon solution. Join our statewide action team. Email Jonathan Ullman at Include your name, address and phone number, and tell us why you want to help stop carbon pollution. We’ll respond as soon as possible with details on how you can help.

Maggie Fernandez, LEED Green Associate, is a civic entrepreneur driven by her passion to ensure a sustainable future for Miami-Dade County. As president of Sustainable Miami, she provides the business, governmental and non-profit community a network and access to partnerships that result in innovative solutions to civic, environmental and social problems. 

Jonathan Ullman is the South Florida/Everglades Senior Organizing Representative for the Sierra Club. He has been building coalitions and organizing activists to restore the Everglades for more than 15 years. Ullman is highly-knowledgeable about climate impacts to South Florida and the Everglades and is an accomplished writer and blogger.


Anonymous said...

The ray ban Government longchamp handbags of jordan shoes Finland montre homme is jerseys developing nike shoes incentives coach outlet store to coach outlet store online encourage polo ralph lauren industrial nike free development gucci belts of marc jacobs data polo ralph lauren centers. rayban Among polo ralph lauren them, ugg boots the coach outlet Baltic coach factory undersea louis vuitton cable replica watches one louis vuitton outlet hundred coach outlet million oakley euros burberry outlet of valentino investment, ghd the converse Finnish tiffany's government louboutin shoes will louboutin bear

One J said...

michael kors outlet
burberry outlet
burberry sale
louis vuitton
coach outlet
ncaa jerseys
hollister jeans
ray ban sunglasses
oakley sunglasses sale
kobe bryant shoes 2015
michael kors outlet
mont blanc pens
chanel uk
louis vuitton handbags
abercrombie & fitch
ray ban glasses
gucci outlet online
louis vuitton
ray ban sungalss
louis vuitton handbags
prada outlet
ray ban sungalsses
chanel outlet
chanel handbags
abercrombie & fitch
aviator sunglasses

oakleyses said...

christian louboutin outlet, replica watches, christian louboutin shoes, michael kors outlet store, michael kors outlet online sale, nike outlet, longchamp outlet, kate spade outlet online, cheap oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet online, michael kors outlet, red bottom shoes, prada outlet, tiffany and co, kate spade outlet, gucci handbags, longchamp handbags, longchamp outlet online, oakley sunglasses, burberry outlet online, burberry outlet online, chanel handbags, nike free, tory burch outlet online, coach outlet, ray ban outlet, tiffany jewelry, polo ralph lauren, michael kors handbags, nike air max, christian louboutin, prada handbags, ray ban sunglasses, oakley vault, michael kors outlet online, nike air max, jordan shoes, coach outlet, coach outlet store online, polo ralph lauren outlet

oakleyses said...

longchamp pas cher, converse pas cher, sac vanessa bruno, ray ban pas cher, nike air max, michael kors, ray ban uk, longchamp, true religion outlet, ralph lauren pas cher, true religion jeans, air jordan, ralph lauren uk, lacoste pas cher, michael kors canada, vans pas cher, lululemon outlet online, oakley pas cher, hermes pas cher, new balance pas cher, burberry pas cher, true religion outlet, nike roshe run, michael kors uk, nike free pas cher, hollister uk, tn pas cher, scarpe hogan, timberland pas cher, guess pas cher, mulberry uk, coach purses, nike air force, hollister, louboutin, air max pas cher, nike blazer pas cher, north face, true religion, north face pas cher

oakleyses said...

hollister, asics shoes, soccer shoes, nike free, p90x workout, nfl jerseys, mont blanc pens, lululemon outlet, herve leger, new balance outlet, birkin bag, giuseppe zanotti, instyler ionic styler, abercrombie and fitch, insanity workout, beats headphones, ferragamo shoes, nike air huarache, vans outlet, wedding dresses, chi flat iron, ghd, bottega veneta, nike air max, nike trainers, jimmy choo shoes, celine handbags, reebok shoes, north face jackets, nike roshe, babyliss, soccer jerseys, longchamp, mcm handbags, abercrombie and fitch, valentino shoes, north face jackets, air max, nike roshe, mac cosmetics

oakleyses said...

sac lancel, thomas sabo uk, iphone 6 case, toms outlet, juicy couture outlet, oakley, louboutin, converse shoes, converse, coach outlet, timberland boots, ralph lauren, nike air max, supra shoes, abercrombie, links of london uk, ray ban, vans, replica watches, air max, hollister clothing store, swarovski jewelry, montre femme, pandora jewelry, juicy couture, marc jacobs handbags, pandora charms, gucci, baseball bats, swarovski uk, karen millen, wedding dress, pandora uk, hollister canada

Post a Comment