Tim Canova Wins Environmental Endorsements

Canova Taking On Wasserman Schultz Who Accepts Money From Big Water Polluters

The past few months have brought untold devastation to Florida’s coastlines and internal waterways. Red tide and toxic blue-green algal have killed hundreds of sea turtles, manatees, dolphins, sea otters, and thousands of fish and birds. Scientists have long understood the leading role played by toxic fertilizers, pesticides, and animal waste. Yet the problem only gets worse. And that’s because politicians like Debbie Wasserman Schultz take so much money from Big Agribusinesses and the Big Sugar industry.

The Red Tide has now arrived in my own district! Fish are showing up dead, and several beaches have now been closed! And this goes well beyond the state of Florida. We are now witnessing growing “dead zones” in our oceans and coastal waters, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic, and more and more toxic algal blooms as far away as the Great Lakes. We see not just dying sea creatures, but also many people now getting sick with respiratory ailments and worse, just from being in close proximity to the toxic algal.

Our leadership on this issue has been recognized by recent endorsements from fearless environmentalists in Florida. Bull Sugar, the leading group taking on the Big Sugar industry, along with the Green Party of Florida, and Florida Candidates for Science, have all announced their support for our campaign. I also met several times over the past few days with Erin Brockovich, the celebrity activist, to brief her on the crisis, and I’m grateful for the support Erin has provided for our efforts to reach a wider audience.

Tim with activist Erin Brockovich along with Bull Sugar leaders Allie Preston, Emily Mauri, and Peter Girard.

You can count on me to take on these special interests and to work hard to protect the environment. I have never taken a penny from the corporate polluters responsible for this crisis, and I never will. Click here to support our campaign now.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz often claims to help South Florida as a member of the House Appropriations Committee. Yet, she has voted for billions of dollars in federal subsidies to these polluting industries. And she’s never introduced legislation to address the root causes of this crisis. When elected, I pledge to oppose these taxpayer subsidies for polluters and to introduce comprehensive legislation to clean up our waterways before the crisis gets worse.

We must stop this crisis before our aquifers and drinking water are contaminated, and before our oceans and seas become completely acidified. Many experts are worried that we are at a tipping point, a point of no return. We must act now to have a fighting chance to save our ecosystem from complete collapse. But I need your help now and for the next few weeks! Please donate what you can and spread the word to others.

Thank you for your support for our agenda to put people and planet ahead of corporate profits.


This is What Political Corruption Looks Like in Florida

By Tim Canova 

For the past several years in Florida, we have been dealing with toxic blue green algae — a red tide of cyanobacteria algae — that’s been killing our wildlife and strangling our internal waterways and coastal waters.

Today, it’s reached a terrible tipping point, with thousands of dead and dying sea animals, including manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, otters;  all kinds of fish, a white shark, seahorses, shellfish, clams, oysters, crabs, lobsters and other crustaceans, and many species of birds, including pelicans. This is now the largest ongoing toxic waste site in the country.

How did we get to this point of ecological disaster? It started with the contamination of our politics by the corrupting influence of corporate money. In the past 25 years, Big Sugar firms have contributed more than $50 million to Republican and Democratic parties and candidates in Florida — including to my opponent Debbie Wasserman Schultz, one of the ringleaders. And for years, Big Ag and Big Sugar firms have polluted the waterways without end.

Fertilizer runoffs from Big Sugar and big factory farms have poured massive amounts of phosphate, nitrates, and herbicides like glyphosate into Lake Okeechobee, which is prevented from flowing naturally into the Everglades where the plant life would act as a natural filtration. But that natural water flow has been impeded by the political clout of Big Sugar, which wants to hold onto its federal subsidies, now in the hundreds of millions of dollars a year. In addition, phosphate mining by the Mosaic Company adds more pollutants into the water. Meanwhile, aging sewage infrastructure, cesspools and septic tanks are breaking down and leaking into the surrounding land and waterways, further adding to the filth and toxic stew of the algae blooms.

In 2014, a supermajority of Florida voters approved Amendment 1, a constitutional referendum passed to spend a billion dollars raised from a small real estate transactions tax to buy out the Big Sugar farms south of Lake Okeechobee and allow the lake to once again flow naturally into the Everglades. But the Big Sugar firms and their political puppets in Tallahassee have stopped the Florida legislature from fulfilling this mandate. Instead, the toxic algae builds up to a crisis level and then flows through the St. Lucie River to the Indian River Lagoon and Atlantic Ocean to the east, and through the Caloosahatchee River to the Gulf coast to the west. All along the way, sea life is dying and people are getting sick just from inhaling the air near the algae blooms. The tourist industry and marine sports are shut down, and the drinking water is in danger everywhere.

Two years ago, I received a letter from the big law firm representing these Big Sugar companies threatening to sue me for defamation. I dared them to do so by speaking out even louder against them. I did not back down because I knew it was only the beginning. And today this environmental disaster is worse than ever. This is now quickly becoming Florida’s own Flint, Michigan water crisis!

Enough with the corporate interests who keep putting their profits ahead of people’s lives and ahead of the wellbeing of future generations. It’s time to elect true fighters for our natural environments, people who will protect our water, wildlife, and public health and safety.