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Southeast Florida Counties Call for Action on Oil Disaster

As the environmental and economic consequences of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster continue to unfold in the Gulf of Mexico, representatives from the four coastal counties of Southeast Florida; Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, are joining forces at a press conference on June 24th to speak out on perhaps the worst environmental disaster of its kind in our nation’s history. Monroe County Commissioner and Keys climate change spokesman, George Neugent, said that “While our beaches are open and remain unaffected, we are all concerned about the potential long-term environmental and economic consequences…thinking about the future, we must ensure that South Florida’s world famous beaches, unique life style and economy are protected and leaders must lead the way.”
Elected leaders who recently adopted the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact are calling for Congress and the Florida Legislature to immediately move forward on a comprehensive national and state strategy that deals with the overarching problem…America’s dependence on oil.“The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has galvanized our joint commitment to lead Southeast Florida forward in reducing our dependence on foreign and domestic oil,” said Broward County Commissioner and Chair of the Broward County Climate Change Task Force, Kristin Jacobs. “We’re doing our part through the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, but others must act as well.” Leaders from the Compact Counties will demand that Congress immediately consider pending federal energy/climate legislation that is stalled in Washington. Compact County leaders will also appeal to state legislators to not lift the ban on oil drilling in Florida’s territorial waters…and call on President Obama to lead the way for a clean-energy future. “The ecological tragedy unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico is our wake-up call, yet we cannot seem to wake up from this nightmare,” said Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson. “This cannot be the future we wish for our children and our community. We need partners in the Federal government that will work with us to chart a new course toward a green economy.” “The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has shown us the havoc that an oil spill almost 50 miles offshore can have on the economy and environment, it is time to have the political will to ensure that we never again experience such a disaster.” Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana said, “We must not let the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill fade from our memories without real action from Washington and Tallahassee.” What: Press Conference When: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 12:00 pm Where: John U Lloyd State Park, 6503 N. Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL