Florida’s 22d Congressional district occupies a southward part of the state’s Atlantic coast, encompassing Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale. At present the district sends Ted Deutch (D) to the House of Representatives. But Deutch will not be seeking reelection.
In many respects, Deutch is what the Democratic Party’s strategists now call progressive. For example, repeatedly during his years in Congress Deutch sponsored bills that, had they become law, would have imposed a carbon tax in the United States. Industrial concerns would have been taxed for the extent of the carbon dioxide their operations emit into the atmosphere.
The first member of the Democratic Party to announce that he is looking for the nomination to take Deutch’s seat is Jared Moskowitz, former director of the state’s Division of Emergency Management. He has not yet made any public statement of his take on carbon pricing.
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The cause has resonance in the 22d district, where many residents believe climate change is behind the recent severe hurricanes and threaten south Florida every summer and fall. Indeed, meteorologists say that 2022 may have a very active North-Atlantic hurricane season, which may provide climate-change headlines as the election approaches.