Some of my fondest memories of being a wee-little Whacker were regular trips to my Uncle Joe's farm in Tracy's Landing Maryland, a picturesque farming community located just 20 minutes straight down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House. I had a blast riding the tractor and strutting through the woods. But the highlight was always a trip over to the neighboring fishing community Deale for bushel of blue crabs for the steaming pot. I can smell the beer and garlic now!
But the crab harvest hasn't been as good as it used to be. Agricultural and industrial runoff have diminished water quality. Surrounding states have banded together with the federal government to address the issue.
So what does this have to do with us here in Florida? Carl Hiaasen explains.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a brief — paid for with your taxes — attacking the legality of the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint.
The plan was devised by six bay area states, the District of Columbia and the federal government. Its mission is to improve water quality in the rivers, streams and estuaries of the Chesapeake region.
A federal judge upheld the terms of the so-called blueprint, which will limit the amount of pollution being dumped, but the ruling is being appealed.
Why would the state of Florida try to obstruct the cleanup of public waters hundreds of miles away from our own? Because Bondi and Gov. Rick Scott are complete tools.
They aren’t suing on behalf of the citizens of Florida; they’re suing on behalf of big agricultural and development interests that don’t want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enforcing clean-water laws anywhere.How the hell does it serve the interests of the people of Florida to side with polluters? George Sheldon, her likely opponent in the November election takes issue.
The people of Florida count on a strong federal Environmental Protection Agency, working with the state, to enforce limitations on pollution and keep our beaches and waterfront cleaner. Pollution in Alabama and Georgia flow down the rivers and streams into Florida, just as pollution flows down the Shenandoah and the Potomac and other rivers into Chesapeake Bay.
Bondi is simply wrong about the Clean Water Act and wrong about federal enforcement of anti-pollution laws. We in Florida need to know that the Environmental Protection Agency will be there to ensure that our neighboring states will do their part to keep the rivers flowing into Florida clean.And:
Pam Bondi has put the interest of polluters ahead of the interest of Florida and its citizens. In doing so she has failed the most important test of an elected official.
Florida needs an attorney general who will not use taxpayer money and the resources of the state to champion political positions that actually harm our state and our citizens. This litigation is bad for the Chesapeake Bay and bad for Florida. That is why I intend to withdraw from this pollution alliance and reverse Bondi’s decision and withdraw Florida’s good name from this bad lawsuit.My opposition to Bondi on the gay marriage issue has been well documented here. But there are lots of reasons to think that Florida's Attorney General is absolutely terrible. Florida has three major industries; tourism, seafood, and agriculture. All three depend on a clean environment. We cannot afford to have an Attorney General in the pocket of those who would destroy the environment for short term profit.
Get out and vote people!