November 27, 2016
All Floridians should be
happy to read that the
The Arctic is ground zero for the devastating impacts of climate change that affect all of us – maybe Floridians more so. The Arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world. Sea ice is declining. Permafrost is melting, and coastlines are eroding – as so clearly reported in your recent four part series Shrinking Shores – Florida’s Eroding Beaches.
In order to avoid exacerbating these problems (flooding in Miami Beach, coastline and beaches disappearing, tropical storms increasing in size and strength), Arctic Ocean oil must remain right where it is. Building on the work that has been done over the past year, excluding the Arctic Ocean from oil and gas leasing moves our nation closer to a clean energy future that will safeguard our climate and our Florida coastal communities.
Karen Scherer, Fort Myers