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June 8, 2014

Florida GOP leaders balk at climate change

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Scott and Florida Republicans share his current views.

Denouncing “job-killing legislation,” they repealed Crist’s climate law, disbanded the state’s climate commission and eliminated a mandate requiring the state to use ethanol-blended gasoline. Asked about climate change recently, Scott demurred, saying the state has spent about $130 million on coastal flooding in his first term, as well as millions on environmental restoration.

Meanwhile, Miami Beach is bracing for another season of punishing tides.

“We’re suffering while everyone is arguing man-made or natural,” said Christine Florez, president of the West Avenue Corridor Neighborhood Association. “We should be working together to find solutions so people don’t feel like they’ve been left on a log drifting out to sea.”

Associated Press writers Gary Fineout in Tallahassee, Florida, and Philip Elliott in Washington contributed to this report.

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