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Climate and Environment

We have just one planet, and it's up to us to protect it.

As a lifelong Floridian, I have a deep appreciation of our land's incredible beauty and bounty as well as its vulnerability. I have been and will continue to be a strong advocate for the restoration and protection of the Everglades. I moreover pledge to protect our shorelines from the dangers posed by offshore oil drilling and to protect the Endangered Species Act from politically-motivated attacks. Florida is blessed with more treasured beaches than any other state in the Union and has the third-highest number of endangered species in the nation. We must prioritize their protection.

I am also convinced that climate change poses a serious threat to our state and our nation. As President Obama said in his Second Inaugural Address, we can no longer ignore devastating fires, crippling drought, dangerous storms, and rising sea levels. I am committed to smart energy policies that fight climate change by cutting carbon emissions and boosting renewable fuel production. As the solar industry has demonstrated, by investing in new clean technologies, we can not only protect our planet but also create new high-wage jobs.