Red Tide Rick coming to the senate? Clean water in Florida costs money GOP unwilling to spend!

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    Red-tide awakening: How Florida's environmental woes could hurt GOP's Scott in Senate race

    Karenia brevis algae bloom causes when inhaled. “You couldn’t breathe!”" “There were days when they were saying, ‘The water’s fine. The red tide is gone,’ and it was brown as poop out here,” Merlino told Yahoo News, going on to describe the burning sensation that an aerosolized Karenia brevis algae bloom causes when inhaled. “You couldn’t breathe!”

    A self-described “right-wing libertarian type,” Merlino grew so incensed over what he saw as Gov. Rick Scott’s inadequate response to the red tide that has plagued Florida’s Gulf coast for an entire year that on Sept. 17, he decided to send him a message.

    “I got an email from the Republican Party saying Rick Scott’s coming to Venice,” Merlino said. “The day he came it was really smelly. So I put it out there, ‘Hey, let’s go say hello.’ Before you know it, there were probably about 300 people there.”

    The impromptu demonstration at a Cuban restaurant called Mojos effectively chased Scott from the campaign trail and was replayed for days in cities and towns that could well decide the Florida Senate race

    Like President Trump, Scott has long favored scaling back government regulations he deems harmful to business. To that end, he cut $700 million from water management budgets in 2011, and a year later he signed a repeal of a law intended to prevent pollution by requiring inspections of septic tanks every five years, saving residents the cost of fees.

    “By the time the Fourth of July came, the beaches were quite littered with dead fish and sea life, dolphins, manatees, turtles. It wasn’t a pleasant sight at all,” Holic said in an interview in his office in city hall.

    Thousands Line Florida Beaches To Demand Stop To Water Pollution

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    Scott Pruitt's EPA actions a bigger threat to Florida than his scandals

    Scott Pruitt must be Russian. Why else would President Donald Trump keep him around so long?

    After all, there must be plenty of less-scandal-prone Republicans willing to step in and dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency.

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    See what I mean? Republicans are causing damage to our environment from sea to shining sea. Seven hundred million cut from water management in Florida? And that's small change compared to what the GOP is doing nationwide.
    It may barely be showing up now, but by 2020, it will be everywhere. Republicans can run, but they won't be able to hide. Their damage will be overwhelming to the country. We are starting to see it now, but in two years? It will take decades to clean up GOP mess.

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    TCPalm reports that microcystin can result in nausea and vomiting if it is ingested. Touching or inhaling the toxin can cause rash or hay fever symptoms, it adds.

    Nutrient pollution from agricultural and urban runoff causes the majority of freshwater cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, blooms, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

    Blue-green toxic algae invades Florida river

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    Red Tide is normal out in the ocean. But with so much farm runoff, it's everywhere.
    But inside, where the fresh water canals are, there is blue/green algae. People are getting sick, vomiting and so on.

    But imagine how much money they saved rolling back EPA regulations. I'm pretty sure Republicans feel it's all worth the stench.
     
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    Red tide, I thought you were telling us what was going to replace the Blue Wave.
     
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    Who wants to spend billions of dollars giving some worthless eater clean water? Why can't you fuckers get a job and go buy some fresh water from the free market??? Damn.
     
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    Sarcasm. I hope.
     
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    Clean water everywhere costs money ... you think it just falls from the sky?

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    What makes you think that was sarcasm?
     
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    Acid rain?
     
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    When Republicans look at all that green, they say it looks more delicious than Soylent Green.

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    Let's talk about why we got such a large algae bloom this year in Florida, R-Derp! I know you'd LIKE to make it about the rolling back of EPA regulations or Rick Scott's cutting of funds to water management but the truth of the matter is the primary cause of what happened was hurricanes Irma and Maria which dumped millions of gallons of water into the Everglades and onto farmlands across the State. That water eventually ends up either in the Gulf or in the Atlantic and when it's water that's heavy with fertilizers you're going to get a big algae bloom! Nothing the EPA or water management did or could have done would have changed what happened.
     
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    What's laughable is that Democratic Senator Nelson has been taking Big Agriculture money for decades without a concern about algae blooms but NOW suddenly he's become an environmental "activist"? That, my friends is simply posturing...

    Which US Senator do you think it was that took in the most money from Big Sugar this past year? I'll give you a hint...he's from Florida and his initials are B.N.
     
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