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Representative Donna Shalala

Donna Shallala

Secretary Shalala believes climate change is the biggest planetary challenge we face in the 21st Century, and for South Florida it is a dire existential threat.

The United States must once again assume a position of leadership in an international, coordinated response to the threat posed by global warming, and the first step in that direction is to fully rejoin the Paris Climate Accord.

Domestically we need to invest in clean energy infrastructure, facilitate and encourage the installation of solar panels in as many American homes as possible and progressively tighten efficiency standards as they pertain to transportation, housing and the workplace.

She also believes that, with institutions such as the National Hurricane Center and the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science headquartered in this community, Miami has the potential to become a worldwide hub for research on this crucial issue, and she intends to pursue federal dollars to make that a reality.