This year, both presidential candidates and a number of lawmakers have been questioned on climate change and the growing concern regarding different aspects of the environment, and the concerns have grown in different aspects of the sunshine state from the issues with algae to now the air that Floridians are breathing.
Florida Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) took to Twitter to share that “Miami suffers the second worst air quality in all of Florida, exposing our community to serious health risks.”
The Florida Democrat, currently running for reelection against Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez (R), also warned that “ignoring the harm caused by air pollution in the midst of respiratory pandemic is gregious!”
In turn, she noted, “I led my colleagues to demand EPA protect air quality and address smog.”
Ignoring the harm caused by air pollution in the midst of a respiratory pandemic is egregious!
— Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (@RepDMP) October 16, 2020
In a letter signed by a number of Florida Democrats, the lawmakers explain that “smog is formed when industrial pollution and exhaust from power plants, factories, cars, and other sources chemically react in the presence of heat and sunlight in the atmosphere.”
Moreover, “when inhaled, smog irritates our airways, triggers asthma attacks, and increases our risk of serious heart and lung diseases.”
As a result, “reducing smog pollution will protect all Americans – especially children, older adults and people active outdoors.”