Rick Scott

Is Florida’s climate change model — denial at the Capitol, frantic action at the beach — in store for the U.S. under Trump?

Is Florida’s climate change model — denial at the Capitol, frantic action at the beach — in store for the U.S. under Trump?

When Floridians narrowly voted for Donald Trump on Nov. 8, they might as well have elected to drown themselves. Rising seas and accelerating storms are inundating this low-lying state, but a majority of its citizens still chose a presidential candidate who calls climate change a hoax.

A disconnect between its political choices and climate reality is all too familiar in the Sunshine State. Florida’s newly re-elected U.S. senator, Marco Rubio, and its two-term governor, Rick Scott, are both climate-change dodgers. They shrug off the science that indicates 1 in 8 houses in their state will be lost to rising seas by the end of the century. They endorsed...

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