South Florida is blessed with a unique and beautiful natural environment, including our beaches and the national treasure of the Everglades, which are vital to our ecosystem and to the tourism that is essential to our local economy. For these reasons, proper environmental stewardship should be considered in every policy decision that our government makes.
Throughout my tenure in the Florida Senate, I have strongly advocated in favor of green environmental policies, and in Congress I will continue efforts to confront global climate change. The warming of our atmosphere is a national security issue, an economic issue, and a moral issue. As a global economic and political power, the United States has a responsibility to provide real leadership to reduce the threat of climate change. We must value and protect our environment. I will continue to stand with Florida's Congressional leaders in opposition to efforts to open Florida's waters to oil drilling. In the Florida Senate, I recently sponsored a bill to create an offshore drilling taskforce to ensure the necessary precautions are taken to protect Florida's coastline.
Clean air and water, and the development and use of clean energy sources, are essential to our economy and our future. In the Florida Senate, I have fought to protect the Everglades, and as a Member of Congress, I will focus on ensuring that federal funding continues to implement the Everglades restoration plan.