Joe Henderson: Marco Rubio, climate change policy needs more than “adaptation”

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio made some good points about climate change in an op-ed he wrote for USA Today. This conservative Republican conceded that climate change is real.

I may have to fan myself.

“I can tell you Florida will be forced to continue making adjustments in the coming decades because of the changing climate. Trend lines suggest sunny day flooding will become increasingly common as local sea levels rise from a variety of causes,” he wrote.

“As a result, some researchers predict that the 30-year mortgage will die out in low-lying parts of our state.”

That’s when he rolled out the words “proactive adaptation.”

It’s a misdirection play.

Rubio focused on how climate change is affecting coastal areas of Florida and the Everglades. True, it’s hard to overstate the severity of that problem. Rising sea levels are a grave threat to Florida’s coastal communities, agriculture, and water supply.

But Rubio couldn’t stop there, could he? He dismissed scientists and climate experts as “global elites and American leftists.” That’s is a Republican talking point, but it’s not a strategy. It’s a dodge, and Rubio’s political party is adept at that.

Recently, U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, who represents Florida’s 15th Congressional District,

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