First in Environmental Preservation
Michael plans to put Florida First in Environmental protection by passing policies that pivot Florida away from harmful practices that destroy Florida's natural paradise. Michael takes a fiscal approach to his environmental policies by showing people that it is more lucrative to protect the environment rather than destroy it.
When fossil fuel companies drill for natural gas and oil, they inject high-pressure liquid into wells to “fracture” underground rocks so the gas released can be extracted. This high-pressure liquid consists mostly of water, which is why they call it “hydraulic fracturing,” or as it’s more commonly known, “fracking.” Big Utility companies used nearly 250 BILLION gallons of water to extract gas and oil from fracking in the U.S. between 2005 and 2014, which generated about 210 billion gallons of wastewater at near radio-active levels of toxicity. Fracking releases harmful toxins and pollutants that find their way into the soil, water and air.
Michael will advocate for a total BAN on fracking in Florida as well as pass policies that drastically cut down on the amount of carbon emissions and pollution being put into our air.
All agricultural production originates from the process of plant photosynthesis, which uses sunshine to combine carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air with water and minerals from the soil to produce plant material, both above and below ground. Common agricultural practices, including driving a tractor, tilling the soil and grazing, result in the return of CO2 to the air. As much as one third of the surplus CO2 in the atmosphere driving climate change today has come from land management practices that cause loss of carbon, as CO2, from our working lands.
Carbon Farming involves implementing practices that are known to improve the rate at which CO2 is removed from the atmosphere and converted to plant material and/or soil organic matter. The process is called Soil Carbon absorption or "sequestration." This process improves soil health, reduces runoff rates, enhances wetlands and aquatic habitats for fisheries, and improves water quality conditions in streams that enter into our oceans.
Michael plans to implement carbon farming practices on farmlands across the state which will lead to greater crop yields and a strengthened environment.