Thanks, in part, to Georgia’s remarkable conservation efforts, Florida is edging closer to defeat in the Water Wars.
The Georgia Legislature once again tried to resurrect the idea of re-drawing the state’s northern border to gain access to more water. This time the governor wisely rejected the idea.
The Supreme Court’s recent opinion in Florida v. Georgia shows why we shouldn’t ask the justices to create critical water policy.
The Court rejected the special master’s recommendation that the suit be dismissed, giving Florida the opportunity to show that the Court can craft a helpful and workable decree apportioning water between Georgia and Florida.
We’re still waiting on a decision in the Florida v. Georgia waters wars case and it will finally arrive on Wednesday morning after the Supreme Court added two additional days to issue opinions. Back in January when Florida and Georgia made their arguments to the Court, several justices appeared sympathetic to Florida. Meanwhile, in a brief on the matter, Atlanta asserted that the Supreme Court shouldn’t even attempt to help Florida because the benefits of the environment are often too vague to be valued.
The first half of 2017 was far and away the hottest such time period of any year in 123 years of record keeping in the Southeast. Don’t let a lack of heat waves or a senator with a snowball deflect from the overwhelming evidence of a global and regional warming trend.