Climate Costs Skyrocketing in Fort Lauderdale

City has a chance to ease taxpayer burden

Who's Going to Pay?

Protecting the Venice of America from climate change will cost hundreds of millions. As it stands, taxpayers alone pay to build sea walls, improve stormwater drainage, raise roads and fortify bridges. Recently, however, a nonprofit legal group presented city commissioners with an opportunity to recover some of those costs. Climate cost recovery litigation — a solution embraced by San Francisco, King County, WA, the state of Rhode Island and a dozen other municipalities— calls on polluters to pay their fair share of climate adaptation costs.

Big Oil deceived us. They should help foot the bill.

Evidence shows that as early as the 1960s, fossil fuel companies such as Exxon, BP and Shell knew their products would lead to climate change and result in potentially "catastrophic" impacts.

Now the bills for these impacts are coming due — and taxpayers alone shoulder the burden.

Sign the petition here to encourage Mayor Trantalis and city commissioners to continue exploring a lawsuit against Big Oil, asking that these companies pay their fair share.

Snapshot of Damages

Ft. Lauderdale$6.6 million

That's how much it will take to replace water mains only around 17th street.

Broward County$25 billion

Property value within three feet of sea level rise, which could happen as early as 2050.

Ft. Lauderdale$1 billion

That's the price tag to upgrade stormwater systems and prevent flooding - a bill the city hasn't yet decided how it will pay.