This week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., turned to a writing a piece in a national newspaper to push back against the Green New Deal proposed by congressional Democrats and called for “adaptive solutions” to combat climate change.
Rubio penned a piece that ran at USA Today on Monday and insisted the Sunshine State faces challenges in the years to come due to the changing climate.
“The world is not going to end in 12 years as some climate alarmists claim, but I can tell you Florida will be forced to continue making adjustments in the coming decades because of the changing climate. Trend lines suggest sunny day flooding will become increasingly common as local sea levels rise from a variety of causes. As a result, some researchers predict that the 30-year mortgage will die out in low-lying parts of our state,” Rubio wrote. “To be clear, attempting to reverse engineer the U.S. economy to absolve our past climate sins — either through a carbon tax or some ‘Green New Deal’ scheme — will fail. The cost would set our state back, depriving us of the resources we desperately need to continue to adapt. Despite the high costs, none of those advocates can point to how even the most aggressive (and draconian) plan would improve the lives of Floridians.
“But just because the accepted conventional wisdom of global elites and American leftists will fail does not mean we can ignore the challenges we face. Regardless of one’s specific beliefs, Floridians have a challenge that we must confront. To do so successfully requires a clear-eyed assessment of the problem and the choices available to us,” Rubio added. “The good news is these problems are manageable.”
Rubio pointed to efforts in the Sunshine State to adapt to climate change.
“Collaborative efforts such as the Central Everglades Planning Project, whose authorization I spearheaded in 2016, will help. By restoring the Everglades’ natural flow of water, CEPP will prevent flooding, rehydrate America’s only subtropical wilderness and limit saltwater intrusion into the region’s sole source of drinking water,” Rubio wrote.
“My bipartisan Restoring Resilient Reefs Act is a similar, necessary step to rehabilitate America’s extensive coral network — a natural wonder and critical breakwater against wave energy and storm surge. Healthy coral reefs play a critical role in our economy as well,” he added.
Rubio noted the stakes were high both in Florida and across the globe but continued to insist the Green New Deal and other plans backed by the left will undermine the economy.
“Americans, particularly Floridians, are right to be concerned about the changing climate. But they are also right to be concerned about a regressive overreaction. Plans stemming from panic will constrain our economy and cripple our ability to invest future resources in solving longer-term issues. They would also neutralize our tenuous economic advantage over China, which is doing barely anything to reduce its emissions,” Rubio wrote.
“Alarmists look at the challenges ahead and reject America’s legacy of great innovation in the face of obstacles. Their plans will fail Florida and the nation as a whole,” he concluded.
“Adaptation has been perhaps the most quintessential human trait. Instead of restricting options for our next generation by borrowing against their future, we should choose adaptive solutions deliberatively, buy time and maximize the choices available to them in the decades and centuries to come.”
First elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010, Rubio is currently in his third term.
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