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Issue Position: Environment/Agriculture

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In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) declared that evidence of global warming was "unequivocal" and that human activities have markedly increased atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases. Unless we make changes, experts uniformly expect that greenhouse-gas emissions will continue to grow and lead to uneven precipitation, more extreme weather events, and rising levels and temperature of ocean waters. This has already begun to effect Florida's fishing and agriculture industries, and Dwight Bullard believes we must do all we can to stem this tide.

Florida's unique coastline and climate make it home to more than 100 endangered and threatened plant and animal species. Dwight supports using our resources wisely and making every effort to restore the Everglades and prevent further destruction of unique natural habitats, such as the coral reefs found just off Florida's coast. That is why Dwight supports funding for alternative energy research. He believes that Florida's sun, wind and biomass hold part of the key to a future free of foreign oil.

From Florida's famous oranges to the newly developed Florida peach, the 47,000 commercial farms and 10 million acres of Florida's agricultural industry have always been an economic engine. While other sectors of Florida's economy have struggled, the state's citrus groves and nurseries, vegetable farms and cattle ranches, have provided Florida with a dependable source of revenue and jobs. Almost 90 percent of our farms are small- and medium-sized family operations. Dwight will work to make sure that agriculture continues to serve as the state's economic engine.


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