A Big Reason To Vote For Hillary Clinton and Patrick Murphy for US Senate in Florida: It is possible to be too late on climate change … by gimleteye

To call the stakes in the climate change battle, as Betsy Kolbert does in a recent edition of her outstanding coverage of global warming, “a legal thriller” is to know that there are real, hard consequences to the posture — amongst leading Republicans like Marco Rubio — that climate change is a hoax.

The stakes for Florida in the upcoming senate and presidential election are that clear. Republicans and independents who fear a Hillary Clinton presidency should pause and consider just how much there is to lose if Donald Trump were to win. Also, consider how Marco Rubio is a barrier to policies that could protect taxpayers and voters.

A Trump presidency is a virtual surrender to a world in which it will be every man and women for themselves. That is, in fact, precisely how Trump sells his “success” in the world of business. He is not about lifting people up, he is about lifting himself and his family up at the expense of those who made legal agreements that he broke. Rubio is just a weathervane pointed in the direction of his biggest campaign contributors.

The window on protecting us from accelerating impacts of climate change is closing fast. President Obama is right: it is possible to be too late.

On that basis and issue alone, Hillary Clinton is the only choice in the upcoming election. By electing Patrick Murphy to the US Senate and defeating Marco Rubio, Floridians could point to the rest of the nation that climate change impacts are so serious we can no longer pretend the GOP has earned the confidence of Americans to control the US Senate. Betsy Kolbert won’t say so, but I can.

The New Yorker Magazine


By Elizabeth Kolbert , 12:01 A.M.

In August, 2015, when President Obama announced the final version of the Clean Power Plan-the centerpiece of his effort to combat climate change-he quoted a speech that Martin Luther King, Jr., gave at Riverside Church, in April, 1967, opposing the Vietnam War. “I believe ‘there is such a thing as being too late,’ ” the President said, in a ceremony in the East Room. He liked the line so much that he repeated it, a few months later, at the opening of the international climate negotiations, in Paris: “For I believe, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that there is such a thing as being too late. And when it comes to climate change, that hour is almost upon us.” Speaking about climate change this past summer, in Yosemite National Park, he invoked it a third time.

The line came to mind yet again this week, when oral arguments against the Clean Power Plan were heard in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Twenty-seven states, led by West Virginia, together with a passel of oil and coal companies, have sued the Environmental Protection Agency to prevent the plan from going into effect. There is, indeed, such a thing as being too late, and the plan’s opponents-who were the very folks who made the plan necessary-seem determined to delay until that point, and perhaps beyond it. As Dr. King observed, in a context that was at once very different and not so different, procrastination is “the thief of time.

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