October 24, 2014
MIAMI BEACH — As she planned her run for the Florida House of Representatives this year, Kristin Jacobs told her team that she wanted her campaign to address the effects of climate change. Her advisers were initially skeptical, noting that voters typically said they cared about the environment, but considered the issue less urgent than the economy and health care.
Ms. Jacobs, a commissioner for Broward County, pressed her case, arguing that few issues were more critical to residents of southeast Florida than street flooding at high tide — sometimes even on sunny days — and ocean water seeping into their drinking water. “It’s how you ask the question,” she said. “Is clean water important to you?”
Across the United States, a growing number of state and local governments are pulling together plans to deal with the effects of climate change, as a new tracking tool from the Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown University Law Center shows.