Congressman Ron DeSantis positioned himself as a conservationist, saying that he’ll ensure that the growing blue-green algae concern in South Florida is properly combated. In addition, he criticized Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, his opponent in the race for the Florida Governorship, for having made enemies that will make tackling this issue difficult.
Citing Gillum’s support for having President Donald Trump impeached, DeSantis asked “Will he be able to go to the White House and work with them on this?”
DeSantis explained his position after meeting with higher education officials at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, and the Congressman detailed that “It’s indisputable that red tide to some extent is a naturally occurring. The question is why the problem is so acute. Is that natural or is it nutrients mixed in? What’s the reason why it is this acute? I wouldn’t rule out some of these things getting into the water contributing to the severity of red tide.”
He went on to ensure that he “will work with the White House to accelerate funding for a reservoir south of the lake, and then we won’t have discharges anymore.”
DeSantis assured that he is “a Teddy Roosevelt conservative. Conservationists want the environment protected so the people of Florida can enjoy it. More radical left-wing environmentalists see humans as part of the problem.”