OPINION: Growing things takes the right environment. That’s true not just in nature, but in business as well. That’s why it is critical that Florida steers clear of misguided climate change lawsuits that help trial attorneys, but hurt the state’s business climate.
As a small business owner in Southwest Florida, I pay close attention to what is happening in other cities and regions. I’ve been alarmed, for example, at what has happened in places like New York, California, Colorado, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Washington, where local and state leaders have joined with for-profit trial attorneys to sue energy manufacturers over climate change. Claiming that manufacturers should be held responsible for sea level rise and wildfires, a handful of people hope to gain sizable paydays by claiming that these manufacturers—who provide the products we all rely on daily—represent “public nuisances.”