Miami

Holding Climate Polluters Responsible Where the Stakes are Highest

Tell government officials: polluters should pay their fair share of climate change damages

Perhaps no place in America experiences climate change as acutely as the Miami area. Impacts hit the pocketbook, with costs into the hundreds of millions - and growing annually.

Investigations show that oil, gas and power companies knew burning fossil fuels would lead to climate change as early as the 1970s. Instead of warning society about the risks and taking steps to reduce them, they sowed doubt about scientific certainties and fought for business as usual.

Join local advocates from the Miami Climate Alliance in asking elected leaders to hold climate polluters - not citizens - responsible for those bills.

It's time climate polluters help taxpayers with the costs of impacts

With 5 inches of sea level rise since the 1980s, flooding is a regular part of life (even on sunny days), and storm surge poses an ever-present risk to the area's homes and businesses. These impacts fall disproportionately on low-income and communities of color. It's time for elected officials to stand up for taxpayers, who for too long have borne the costs of climate change alone. Climate polluters should be held accountable.

Snapshot of Damages

Miami, FL$500 million

That’s how much Miami Beach is spending to upgrade sewer and stormwater systems in the face of rising seas.

Miami, FL$192 million

That’s how much of Miami’s recently passed $400-million general obligation bond is dedicated to sea-rise mitigation and flood prevention.

Florida$102 billion

That’s how much property value sits within three feet of high tide statewide