On Tuesday afternoon, twelve Florida Democratic members of the U.S House of Representatives sent a letter asking President Donald Trump to “reverse course” on his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate accords.
The letter in part reads..
“Surrounded by coastlines, Florida understands the impact climate change has on homeowners and tourists. The rise in sea level, due to global warming, is causing an observable effect on Florida’s natural ecosystem and presents challenges to maintaining drainage systems, beaches, and coastal highways. Florida’s infrastructure was not designed to deal with a rise in sea level, which causes salt water intrusion to freshwater aquifers, flooding, and soil saturation disrupting freshwater drinking supplies and contaminating wetlands. Florida ecosystems, such as the Everglades, the Ten Thousand Islands, and the Big Bend coastline are already exhibiting signs of sea-level stress.”
Trump announced earlier this month at the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris Climate accords because the policies were unfair to the U.S and eliminating jobs. He also cited a fund created by the accords that was being bankrolled by the U.S with little contribution from other countries.
Included among the 12 members who signed the letter are members of the Orlando Congressional Delegation including Representatives Darren Soto, Stephanie Murphy, and Val Demings.
“This isn’t a partisan issue, Democrats and Republicans agree we have a moral obligation to protect our natural resources for our children, their children and the generations to come. Our nation has to continue to be a global leader on climate change,” said Demings.