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Werner Heisenberg @scienceartcats
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Florida Republican Leaders: Here are some things you need to know about the National Climate Assessment issued today. @marcorubio @ScottforFlorida @RonDeSantisFL @mattgaetz @DrNealDunnFL2 @RepTedYoho @michaelgwaltz @MarioDB @VernBuchanan @gregsteube @RossSpano @congbillposey
First, this report was approved by 13 federal agencies, including NOAA and NASA and was prepared to inform decision makers like you about the effects of climate change on the United States 🇺🇸
The report (NCA4) agrees with prior Dept of Defense conclusions that climate change is a threat to national security. You may remember the F-22s that were destroyed in Hurricane Michael.
It’s also a threat to a trillion dollars worth of coastline property.
The risk to infrastructure is especially serious in Florida, the state most vulnerable to sea level rise and stronger hurricanes.
It’s a threat to tourism.
It’s a threat to human health.
It’s a threat to our infrastructure.
It’s a serious threat to agriculture.
It’s causing storms to be stronger.
It’s warming and acidifying the ocean, destroying coral reefs, impacting fishing and tourism and the shellfish industry.
We know what is causing #ClimateChange. It’s entirely greenhouse gas emissions. All of it.
If you act now, you can limit the damage to a non-catastrophic level.
If you don’t act, it’s going to be very bad.
That’s basically what you need to know. You determine Florida’s future. What you do in Washington and Tallahassee matters. I challenge you to be heroes. Leave a legacy for tomorrow.
If you have questions, ask @NASA. And there are some great climate scientists who would be happy to talk to you as policymakers about this existential challenge to our state. @MichaelEMann @DrKateMarvel @KHayhoe @coralsncaves and @DrAndreaDutton are just a few.
As Republicans, I know that you care about national security, the economy, property values, human health and our tourism and fishing industries. And as Floridians, I hope that each of you are committed to protecting our state rather than the fossil fuel industry.
And you might find this visual aid useful in considering the impact on Florida.
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