In Florida, a New Governor Shifts Gears on Environment, and Maybe Climate Change

This article discusses how recent elections may change how Florida politicians think about climate change. Some of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’s first directives address sea level rise and the importance of science in environmental policy.

Florida’s new Republican governor has moved quickly on a number of environmental priorities, but so far, he has stopped short of any comprehensive plan to cut greenhouse gas pollution.

That’s a gaping hole, say environmental advocates, but they give him credit where they say it’s due.

Several of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ early environmental directives are aimed at cleaning up water and helping Florida adapt to the effects of global warming, including more intense hurricanes and sea level rise that threatens to swallow parts of the state in the coming decades. He called for appointing chief science officer to coordinate scientific research, and he staked an opposition to fracking and offshore oil and gas activities.

Comments are closed.