The science is conclusive. Vast swaths of Miami-Dade will someday be underwater thanks to rising sea levels caused by carbon emissions. How much of Miami-Dade ends up underwater, however, may depend on what we do now to curb carbon emissions.
So it's quite odd that Attorney General Pam Bondi announced on Friday she's joining a lawsuit with the attorney generals of 23 other states against the Obama administration's requirements to curb those carbon emissions.
Bondi doesn't really want to talk about it, though.
When she was asked yesterday about the cause of climate change, she told a Politico reporter
, "I'm not going to get into a philosophical discussion with you about climate change."
Now state Rep. José Javier Rodriguez, a Miami Democrat, has sent a letter to Bondi inviting her to take a look at what is already happening to her own state.
"When a new study released this month projects a potential five-foot rise in the sea level in South Florida, it is hard to see how this is a philosophical issue," writes Rodriguez.
"Planning for and responding to the effects of climate change are imperatives, not philosophical matters to be debated. Florida holds 40% or more of the population living on potentially affected land, and Miami is first out of all cities in Florida for total exposure of homes on land below three feet for cities over 100,000 in population. I would like to extend an invitation to you and your team to come to Miami-Dade County to learn first-hand why climate change requires action not debate. I look forward to your response."
The letter echoes Democratic Senator Bill Nelson's invitation earlier this month for his U.S. Senate colleagues to visit Miami Beach and see the effects of sea-level rise on high tides in the city for themselves.
Bondi, a former Fox News legal analyst, has not responded to the invitation. However, she maintains that finding ways to curb carbon emissions "trample our states' rights and drastically increase electricity prices in Florida."
Announced in August, Obama's Clean Power Plan has been criticized by some environmentalists and scientists for not going far enough.