David Richardson

Environment/Climate Change

Combating climate change and sea level rise is as much an economic issue as it is a moral issue. This is no longer a problem for our grandchildren’s grandchildren. We stand the chance of being the last generation to grow up in coastal Florida as we know it unless Congress is persuaded to act.

South Florida is an area that is extremely vulnerable to climate change and sea level rise. It is estimated that less than two inches of sea level rise will put over $1 billion dollars of property in jeopardy in Miami alone over the next 20 years. That skyrockets to $12 billion over the next sixty years. Investors know this all too well, and the mere abstract presence of this risk has done unknowable damage to confidence in future real estate proposals. Consider how that will impact tourism, a cornerstone of our economy.

Washington can no longer afford to ignore climate change. It's more than just an economic issue—combating climate change and sea level rise is a moral issue. This is no longer a problem for our grandchildren’s grandchildren; we stand the chance of being the last generation to grow up in coastal Florida as we know it unless Congress is persuaded to act.

Policy Priorities:

  1. Take congressional action to urge President Trump to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. Climate change and sea level rise are global problems, and they need global solutions. The Paris Climate Agreement, which let the US determine its own level of reduction in carbon emissions, is seemingly our last shot at a global solution.
  2. Repeal Trump's extra tax on solar panels. Just as the solar panel industry was seeing real growth, President Trump added a punitive tax on solar panels as a way to cozy up to the coal industry. We need to make the Sunshine State a pioneer in solar energy, and that starts with breaking down barriers to solar industry growth.
  3. Provide incentive for green industry and environmentally resilient infrastructure. I will push Congress to allocate funding for green and environmentally resilient infrastructure projects. 
  4. Invest in renewable energy. This includes, solar, wind, hydro, bio, geothermal, and much more. I will support subsidies for consumers and businesses that invest in renewable energy, and reduce regulations that block easy access to renewable energy.

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