The Everglades Are Still Polluted Thanks To Big Sugar
Future generations deserve to enjoy the world we'll leave them exactly the way we found it -- untouched by our jackassery. That's why laws like the 1994 Everglades Forever Act are designed to protect and heal the Florida Everglades. There's nothing like enjoying the wonder and beauty of nature while also worrying that a massive alligator is sneaking up on you.
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Now imagine it casing you while on massive a sugar high.
By the mid-'90s, the wetlands' phosphorous levels had been spiked by industrial runoff, and the act mandated that they would be returned to their natural levels by 2003. But despite some progress, by 2003, it was clear that goal wasn't going to be hit. The fault lay mainly with fertilizer used by sugar farms, which destroys plant and animal life about as quickly as dumping barrels of oil mixed with the T-virus into the water. So Florida's legislature heroically passed a bill that extended the deadline indefinitely, as long as the sugar industry could show they were making their "best efforts" to get the job done -- like how a star quarterback passes his college classes. So the Everglades Forever Act became the Everglades Whenever Act, and shockingly, phosphorous levels are now climbing way back up at some sugar farms.
In what we're sure is nothing but a staggering coincidence, the sugar industry has donated nearly a million dollars to Florida Governor Rick Scott, gave an estimated $500,000 to Jeb Bush when he was governor back in 2003, and has also donated over $600,000 to the Republican Party of Florida. Altogether, the sugar industry has donated $2.7 million to various political efforts just since 2011, proving once again that sugar is bad for you.
Crack rocks with better structure, essentially.
In the meantime, the Everglades Forever deadline is now a soft 2025, and the sugar industry no longer has to pay for the costs -- that's now the taxpayers' burden. But if a U.S. district judge saying that Florida had "violated its fundamental commitment and promise to protect the Everglades" wasn't going to stop them, nothing short of an alligator uprising will.
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