At the time of writing this, there are currently 107 fires burning in the state of Florida. That’s 23,800 acres, enough for Rick Scott to call a “State of Emergency”. Rick hopes the proclamation will make it easier for state, regional and local agencies to ‘quickly work together to protect our families, visitors and communities.’ Well, Mr. Scott, I have an idea: how about we STOP BUILDING A GAS PIPELINE ON DRIED WETLAND THAT HAS SEEN OVER 68,000 ACRES OF LAND BURNED FROM WILDFIRES SINCE FEBRUARY?
Are you trying to kill us? I mean, I understand you’re doing everything in your power to pretend like there’s no such thing as climate change, but guess what? REALITY doesn’t care what your opinion on climate change is. Here’s the fact: Florida is drying up. We haven’t seen this many active wildfires since 2011 and you think that building a PREASSURIZED GAS PIPELINE filled with COMBUSTABLE chemicals is somehow a good idea? You’ve lost your mind.
How about this: you include in your emergency declaration, the immediate HALT of all construction of the Sabal Pipeline, specifically the construction in Polk County Florida where the pipeline is still being built while this fire is still burning!
I’m not even exaggerating here. You know what happens when there’s fire, right? Shit burns. You know what happens if that fire reaches a natural gas pipeline, right? Shit EXPLODES.
Imagine seeing something like this, but in our Central Florida wetlands where the pipeline is being built. This is like allowing your children to play with a gas can and lighter. Except instead of children playing with a gas can, it’s a bought-off government allowing the building of a natural gas pipeline in fire-prone land with real human beings living in and around the area.
Rick, you can’t be this incompetent, can you?
STOP THE SABAL PIPELINE TILL WE FIGURE OUT WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THESE FIRES
Edited by Lydia McMullen-Laird