Even back in the 1980's when I lived there, any time it rained, parts of South Tampa were nearly impossible to navigate due to flooding. I recall more than a few times being stuck in a flooded wake zone waiting for my car to dry out after a stall. That was just from typical summer afternoon showers. Since then, the city's leaders have tried to fix some of those problems. Yet flooding is still an issue there and it's likely to get worse.
Earlier this week, President Obama released The National Climate Assessment, and it had dire predictions for Florida. This should come as no surprise. Flooding is getting worse in South Florida amid previous warnings of sea level rise, and recently some residents of the Panhandle found themselves on "islands" after 22 inches of rain fell and flooded their neighborhoods in just a short amount of time.
The "debate" over climate change is over, unless you subscribe to the false narrative of those on the far right, which these days includes the GOP, fueled by those who stand to profit from climate change denial the most, like the oil and gas industry and their billionaires, like the Koch brothers. Talking points that originate in boardrooms or behind corporate doors are fed to outlets like FOX, and spread to viewers, right-wing blogs, and these days newspapers who have abandoned the pretense of objectivity, resorting to recycling that same narrative in cut and paste fashion. Unfortunately, the chattering class often drowns out the voices of common sense.
One would hope that climate reports like this one, and evidence that proves it to be correct, would finally push Florida politicians to take action.
Unfortunately, one would be wrong.