Watershed moment: Eminent domain could rescue Everglades

December 28, 2005

Here is a New Year’s wish: that the agony of Florida’s environment and coastal economies, increasingly threatened by polluted water gushing from Lake Okeechobee, will be relieved by the one measure no government agency has had the courage to propose — the taking by eminent domain of large tracts in the Everglades Agricultural Area, replacing sugar cane with vast storage and cleansing marshes. Read the rest of this entry »


Cathedrals in sea decline: Reef should show how creation is knit together

December 11, 2005

I am asked, often, “I know what you are opposed to, but what are you for?”

How is this for an answer? I am for a sustainable creation. I am for Jerusalem.

Oh, I know: Who is against Jerusalem? Who is for chaos?

Yet the question moves with the questioner, toward a familiar direction: compromise, the magnetic north of politics.

In 15 years of watching Florida’s environment — and intensely now, global warming and climate change — even when land purchases, global assurances and hard lines drawn on a map are held as signs of progress, compromise is no match to the threats.

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