As my friend in West Palm Beach texted me about seeking shelter from a tornado warning last Saturday, we continued our ongoing conversation about the consequences of climate change and how the Republican voters have consistently hindered efforts to mitigate it. And unfortunately, they still are.
The tornado that touched down in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, was part of a powerful storm system that brought heavy rain and strong winds, causing overturned cars, damaged homes, and snapped tree branches. Another tornado from the same storm system wreaked havoc in Virginia Beach as well.
But it’s not just the weather that has people on edge. The new law awaiting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s signature is also stirring up controversy. The law would conceal DeSantis’s travel expenses and locations from the public eye. It seems like an odd move for someone who might be gearing up for a presidential run – all while using taxpayer dollars to fund his travels.
Yet, there’s still hope for transparency in Florida. The state’s Sunshine Law, which is enshrined in the constitution, may help overturn this new legislation. Of course, the decision will ultimately fall to the judges – many of whom were appointed by DeSantis himself.
In these turbulent times, it’s crucial for citizens to hold their elected officials accountable and demand transparency. As the climate crisis worsens and politicians try to shroud their actions in secrecy, we must continue to advocate for openness and honesty in government – the very principles upon which our democracy was founded.