Miami, FL - Between Wednesday and last night the topic of climate change received only 15 minutes of total airtime during the Democratic presidential nominee debates. Though it received no mention, Florida is paving the way in bipartisan collaboration on climate crisis -- particularly in the endorsement of a statewide fracking ban across party lines.
The top three Trump Republicans in the state -- Governor Ron DeSantis, Lieutenant Governor Janette Nunez (co-chair of the national “Latinos for Trump” coalition), and the Speaker of the House José Oliva -- have all expressed their support for a statewide fracking ban. In fact, a fracking ban was a cornerstone of DeSantis’ gubernatorial campaign.
In response, Food & Water Watch Florida Organizer Michelle Allen releases the following statement:
“The question remains: if even Trump Republicans can see supporting a ban on fossil fuels as sensible environmental policy, why wouldn’t Democratic presidential candidates also endorse a ban while campaigning in Florida?
“National polls show climate policy is a top issue for Democratic voters. Pledging a national fracking ban would be a brilliant way for candidates to show they plan to tackle the climate crisis aggressively and immediately. There’s no better time than now, with Florida in the limelight, for our candidates to commit.
“Florida may suffer from partisan gridlock just like any other state, but there are some issues where liberal environmentalists and far right Republicans alike can align to protect the health and safety of their communities. The Dem candidates stood on a stage only miles from a proposed oil well that will threaten South Florida’s water. Now is the time for them to speak loudly in support of a ban, just like state Republicans have.”