Forget that one of Florida's two U.S. senators is running for president and hardly making climate change a priority.
A countywide elected official in Miami-Dade County is asking Republican Marco Rubio and every other South Florida member of Congress -- plus Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson -- to put federal money into the region's efforts to adapt to global warming.
Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin wrote a letter last week to Nelson, Rubio and House members from Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties urging the creating of a "Federal Resiliency Superfund" to back "adaptive solutions for the non-debatable, potentially devastating eventuality of Sea Level Rise."
Ruvin, a Democrat in a nonpartisan post and perhaps the longest-serving local politician (he began his political career in 1968 and has been clerk since 1992), led the county's sea-level rise task force. The group produced a report full of recommendations -- including the establishment of an expensive capital plan.
"Our Mayor, Carlos Gimenez, has begun the effort by assembling an impressive team to tackle this trailblazing effort," Ruvin wrote to members of Congress. "A multi-level, intergovernmental funding partnership could ensure success: The need and the opportunity is now.
"I believe that your leadership and positive response will one day be a badge of honor that you and others will look back upon with pride and extraordinary accomplishment."
Read the full text of Ruvin's letter below: