In a state where Republicans are fast destroying the environment by allowing polluters to create toxic algae blooms you can see from space, leak contaminants into the aquifer, and who are moving to allow even more carcinogens in drinking water, reality is starting to set in for residents. Worse, Republicans show no signs of changing that in the future. Amid rising seas and increasingly flooded spaces just during high tides, we have a Governor who banned the words "climate change," invested in some of the projects that have the potential to create new disasters, and an entire legislature full of Republicans who look the other way for polluters who line their pockets as a matter of routine as if it's part of their job description.
Out of that special breed in Tallahassee came Marco Rubio, who took environmental obstruction to a new level in the U.S. Senate, and who now threatens to keep his thumb on the scale to keep Floridans swimming in toxic stew for however many years he plans to serve of his six-year term if he wins his seat back in November.
Rubio is, of course, famous for claiming that climate change isn't caused by humans, and besides, it isn't worth doing anything about anyway because profits for his big oil, gas and sugar donors tell him to say so. He's only recently pretended to have minor concerns because pollution is beginning to creep into Republican voter communities and Rubio's running for office again. Still, any concerns he claims to have are really just window dressing and political pandering.
Now environmental groups, and no doubt many voters, are saying "not so fast" and are throwing their support behind Democrat Patrick Murphy, and for good reason:
Environmental groups appear to be rallying behind Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy over Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in Florida's close U.S. Senate race.
Murphy's campaign announced this morning the endorsement of the national Sierra Club. And, an official at the Everglades Trust has told the Herald/Times that it, too, is backing Murphy, although no formal announcement has been made yet.
Murphy has focused heavily on environmental protection and Everglades restoration during his two terms in Congress.
Michael Brune, the Sierra Club's executive director, called Murphy an "environmental champion" because of his defense of the Everglades, his opposition to off-shore oil drilling along Florida's coasts and his support for national and global action on climate change.
Everglades Trust executive director Kimberly Mitchell told the Herald/Times that Murphy earned the Trust's support, because he "gets it" when it comes to the need to buy up land south of Lake Okeechobee for Everglades restoration.
During the primary phase of the campaign, Murphy also nabbed the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters.
While Rubio may boast about short-term fixes here and there, climate change is the big picture that will become harder to turn back from as time goes on. Rubio is more interested in "economic concerns" like polluter profits.
We don't need, and can't afford another (?) years of Senator What-Me-Worry-Rubio warming a seat in Washington so he can further his political ambitions.
Floridians are already knee-deep in his denial as it is.
(Photo: Rep. Patrick Murphy, Facebook)