Yet another reason to hate Republicans

They prefer tax cuts for the wealthy to doing basic infrastructure repair, which leads to decisions like this.

Last month was South Florida’s wettest January since 1932. Because of the heavy rain, the water levels in Lake Okeechobee in central Florida rose to about a foot above what’s normal for this season. On top of that, water managers began to pump dirty water from flooded farms into the lake, adding more pollution to a body of water that already contains fertilizers and other chemicals from the state’s cattle and sugar industries. At the same time, officials began to worry that the rising lake waters would put stress on its aging dike, so they decided to drain the lake toward the east and west coasts. Some 70,000 gallons per second flowed into the St. Lucie River and the Caloosahatchee River all the way through to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. And as the toxic runoff spreads, it’s threatening sea grasses and oyster beds and is adding to harmful algae growth.

Now the tourism industry and small businesses on the coasts are worried that they’re going to see their business slump as a result of the pollution. Local politicians are calling on Governor Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency, and mayors are traveling to Washington, D.C. to demand action from Congress and the Army Corps of Engineers. And Floridians are snapping pictures of the polluted water and dead sea creatures and sharing them on social media.

2 thoughts on “Yet another reason to hate Republicans

  1. I grew up on Fort Myers Beach, at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee back in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It was paradise then. The town of Ft. Myers is still cute but the coastal areas are overdeveloped. I don’t live in Florida anymore but it is still a nightmare to see my old hometown, one of the prettiest places in Florida, getting trashed. Rick Scott will never believe this is something he could have prevented. Republicans will never accept personal responsibility for what they do – only insist everyone else does.

  2. Republicans don’t see the beauty in nature.
    The only thing that they see is profit.
    In everything.
    It wasn’t always this way.

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