President Obama will travel to Florida’s scenic Everglades National Park on Wednesday to deliver an Earth Day speech on the threat climate change poses to the U.S. economy, he announced Saturday.
“The fact that the climate is changing has very serious implications for the way we live now,” Obama said in his weekly address to the nation. ”Stronger storms. Deeper droughts. Longer wildfire seasons. The world’s top climate scientists are warning us that a changing climate already affects the air our kids breathe.”
The president also took a shot at climate change-denying members of Congress like Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, knocking Republicans for pointing out that “this winter was cold in parts of our country.”
Obama’s choice of the Florida Everglades as the setting for the speech is significant for the ecologically delicate nature of the area, as well as the fact that parts of the state are already routinely dealing with the effects of sea level rise as a result of climate change. Miami is regularly subject to “sunny day flooding” when tidal waters back up through the city’s drains.
The location is also politically charged, after it was recently revealed that Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection has been banned from using the term “climate change.” Though the governor’s office denies the charge, DEP members have come forward publicly and the order has been such an open secret as to become a joke at a government hearing.
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SOURCE: MSNBC, Will Femia