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Obama Targets Climate Change in Earth Day Speech in Florida

By    |   Wednesday, 22 April 2015 08:19 AM

President Barack Obama will mark Earth Day from Everglades National Park, a tropical wetlands in southern Florida, the largest swing state and home to Republicans who question the science of global warming.

His speech, according to The Hill, will highlight the impact of climate change on national parks as well as the negative economic fallout from the destruction taking place as a result of global warming.

He will also address "how climate change can affect the national economy, national security, personal health, and public safety," according to White House press secretary Josh Earnest, USA Today reported.

While Obama wants to call attention to climate change, an issue on which he has invested a great deal of political capital, he also wants to use the Everglades visit Wednesday to "goad" Sunshine State Republicans — Gov. Rick Scott, Sen. Marco Rubio, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — who have challenged the science of the issue.

"The president is hoping that this visit to the Everglades on Earth Day will prompt an elevated political debate about making climate change a priority," said Earnest.

"Those Republicans who chose to deny the reality of climate change, they do that to detriment of people they’re elected to represent. The debate we seek is one that puts this issue in a prominent place on the public agenda. This isn’t about campaigns; this is about making progress on a priority."

Scott has charged that the Obama administration punted "$58 million in backlog funding" to Everglades National Park, while the White House claims it has spent $ 2.2 billion to restore the Everglades, according to The Washington Post.

Bloomberg reports that in a statement Tuesday, Scott pointed at Obama to "live up to his commitment on the Everglades."

"Our environment is too important to neglect and it’s time for the federal government to focus on real solutions and live up to their promises," he said.

Earnest, in a call with reporters, criticized Scott for his purported directive to state environmental employees to cease using the term "climate change," something Scott denies.

Both Bush and Rubio have questioned the human contribution to global change and charged that Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations would negatively impact the economy, according to Bloomberg.

Florida joins other Republican-led states objecting to rules proposed by the EPA, which Obama is using to force reductions in greenhouse gases.

While Obama is not likely to address Bush or Rubio personally in his speech, he does plan to "elevate the issue of climate change" as the race for the presidency amps up, Earnest said.

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President Barack Obama will mark Earth Day from the Everglades National Park, a tropical wetlands located in southern Florida, the largest swing state and home to Republicans who question the science of global warming.
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