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him. once again, he hits the campaign trail, this time for hillary. i have to say will never be as hopeful and innocent as it was back then when we were both still so very young. thanks for being with us. all-in with chris hayes starts right now >> tonight on "all in," this is a bigger challenge than we've ever faced. >> from the climate reality project conference in miami an all in" exclusive. >> there has been a very well organized and well funded effort on part of the anti-climate forces. >> tonight, former vice president al gore on everything from the republican party to the democratic fight for 20916. plus, the state of the climate change fight. and why the tide keeps rising, the sinking state of florida. then, the republican war on women. >> i don't think we're gee
agreeing to disagree. i this i you're not answering my question. >> the fight to defund planned parenthood gets nasty on capitol hill. >> if you would give me one moment to explain. >> "all in" starts right now. >> and good evening from miami. i'm chris hayes. tonight, my exclusive interview with former vice president al gore. i'm here in miami participating in a conference organized by the climate reality project, non-profit chaired by gore that in the last 18 months has trained thousands of people from over 100 countries the facts of our climate reality. and the backdrop for the conference could not be more appropriate. yesterday, the streets of miami beach were hit with coastal flooding exacerbated by climate change. a report this summer found that florida faces more risk from the effects of climate change than any other state in the union. joining me now is former vice president and climate activist al gore. wonderful to have you here. >> it's great to be here. thank you very much for participating in the conference. >> you know, i was thinking to myself that you -- the last time
you were running for office, you were in elected politics, was 15 years ago. and you know, we're all watching this campaign happen. we're all watching politics now. there's some sense things have gone off the rails or the center cannot hold. what do you think when you watch this play out? does it feel to you like we're seeing some sort of seismic shifts? is this something that seems vaguely recognizable? >> well, vaguely, but the -- american democracy has been hacked. it no longer is operating the way it was intended to operate. and the principle reason for the degradation of the process is the influence of big money. and yet, the many proposals for campaign finance reform have been inadequate to solve this problem because the main underlying reason for the bigger role of money is that we know longer have the way of communicating with one another that existed when our founders wrote the constitution.
the printing press created a public forum in which individuals could freely enter and participate, but the dominance of television since the last third of the 20th century put up barriers to individuals participating. gatekeepers charge a lot of money for the kind of regular communication that comes in the campaign television commercials. but the good news is, the internet is now moving television off of center stage. a lot of it is video but the barriers to entry are very low once again. so we have some hope of restoring the vitality of our democracy. >> it does seem like there's a centrifugal force and sometimes the center cannot hold. sometimes for better or ill, i mean, when you look at the parties, the democratic party, republican party as institutions seem to me and i'd be curious what you think incredibly weak
right now as institutions that can tell people do this, do that. don't do this. >> again, that is principally because some of the power they used to exercise to keep the process orderly is now taken over by big money. you know our elected officials and most candidates for office incredibly spend four, five, six hours every day begging special interests and wealthy individuals for money. >> you used to have to do that. >> well, when i first entered the process in 1970, i was elected the first time in 1976, i didn't have a single fund-raiser. and i watched it build over time. >> eat up more of your schedule. >> that's right. but it was not nearly as bad then as it is now. but the influence of money has to be curbed and citizens united has made it even worse. the idea that corporations are people is, of course, absurd and ridiculous.
but that is now what has happened. and it's another layer of problems for the election process. >> hillary clinton right now the is trying to do something that you're the last person who tried to do. she's trying to run as the presumptive favorite nominee off of a successful and popular democratic presidential two terms. what challenges are there in that position from your experience? >> well, i'm not an expert on political punditry,, but there does seem to be kind of a pendulum effect in american politics. but it's probably a weak and there are people who have done the analyses that show it can be overcome. it's not immutable. so i don't think that's an impassable barrier. >> on the other side, you have a republican party right now where
you don't have a single person in this race, maybe i guess george pataki said something the other day. historically large field, right? >> there's some conflict about a bunch of different positions. there's no one on climate. >> that's odd, isn't it? >> in the entire lineup. last time you at least had john huntsman who didn't fare well. there's not a single person who stands up and says it's a real big problem. we need to address it. >> lindsey graham has made some appropriate noises from time to time. >> i take that back. >> you're right. those who are in the top tier, if you will, are all denying the science and are seemingly afraid to break ranks with the large carbon polluters. it's astonishing on one level and it's sad for our country because this is the biggest challenge that we face. we have to mobilize public opinion and we're the only country in the world where one
of the major political parties denies the reality of science. and it puts our country in a difficult situation because the kind of debate that we should be having about the best solutions, about how we can create the most jobs by installing solar panels on roofs and putting new leds and better windows and insulation, we could create tens of million offices new jobs if we had a legitimate debate about the best way to go about that. >> you know, there's jonathan wrote this the other day. there was a study about conservative parties across the world finding that the american conservative earth is the only one that has this position. you can imagine on health care, people say the market should handle this. there's no one saying no one gets sick. that's what -- do you have an understanding why that is the case? what's the exceptionalism at play? >> well, i this i in some ways it's not as big a mystery as it might seen. there's an old saying if you see a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be pretty sure it didn't
get there by itself. in this case, the carbon polluters made a calculated decision quite some time ago to spend a huge amount of money putting out false ideas, creating false doubts. they took their playbook from the tobacco industry. there's a great book called "merchants of doubt" that documents this. others have downed a big part of it. the tobacco companies after the surgeon general's report came out hired actors and dressed them up as doctors and put them in front of cameras with the script that said i'm a doctor. you don't have to worry about any health problems with from smoking cigarettes. it was a lie. they knew it was a lie. they've been held to account now the, but they delayed action for 40 years. so the large carbon polluters have done essentially the same thing. and they have people pretending
to be credentialed scientists in the relevant areas of science putting out totally false information. and we now know that exxonmobil, for example, thanks to the investigators at inside climate news, winners of the pulitzer prize, by the way, congratulations on your emmy for the poverty series. >> thank you. >> we now know from inside climate news that exxonmobil, the largest of these companies, knew all the facts thoroughly as far as back as 1977 and chose to put out false information or to support those who put out false information. >> but here's the thing, right? that applies as a sort of theory of american democracy is functioning the way it is. it applies across the globe. the fossil fuel companies have the same interests across the globe. they have tried to muddy the waters across the globe. it has been uniquely discuss tell fell here politically with the republican party.
>> that's right. the european oil companies just abandoned that position and have formally as a group called for a price on carbon. they tried to get some of the american oil companies to go along with them. and the american oil companies said sorry, we can't do it. one of them, this is from information inside in the european industry shared with me, one of them said that they were scared of american political leaders in the united states senate particularly, some that protect the coal industry and want to have an alliance between coal and oil and gas and they want to keep that together. i don't think it can last. i think we are winning this debate. i think that the coal industry is on the ropes here in the u.s. and by the way, we ought to help the people, the miners. we ought to help them. we've got jobs for them to do. let's don't leave them stranded. but the financial assets are in danger of being stranded.
and just today, the head of the central bank in england, mark carney, made a really powerful statement about how the british economy in his words is at dire risk because of continued large investments in carbon fuel companies. oil, coal and gas. he said look, we have to change. and we can't wait. >> we've got questions on our facebook page. i want to ask you one of those about a big victory that happened recently. i want to ask you about keystone if you'll stick around for another block. >> absolutely. >> don't go anywhere. more with the former vice president.
decided the 2000 election denying al gore the presidency, the same state that will likely be ground zero for climate change and the political fight over climate change as we head into the 2016 election cycle. neither of the two republican politicians from that state running for president or its current governor are putting forth any plan on climate change but the mayor of south miami is not in denial. he's got some thoughts you're definitely going to want to
planet. >> we shouldn't be destroying our economy in order to chase some wild left wing idea that somehow us by ourselves is going to fix the climate. >> a single nation acting alone can make no difference. why would we destroy all these jobs with regulation when the answer to climate change is innovation, not regulation. >> back here in miami with former vice president climate activist al gore. this is the new argument you hear. for a while, it was you know, it's snowing in d.c. you know, largely that has been abandoned by people that i think don't want to seem ridiculous. you also have polling that shows that 50% of vote in other words the gop primaries believe in human caused climate change. so the next argument is the argument like that. yeah, it's a problem. but it's a big planet. everyone's going to try to game each other. we shouldn't be the ones to go first and destroy american jobs and put people in kentucky out of work when everyone else is just going to cheat. we can't do anything about it.
>> of course, there are at least two big flaws in that argument. first of all, we can create jobs by taking on this challenge. and we can create jobs that cannot be outsourced, jobs like refurbishing buildings to make them energy efficient, installing solar panels on rooftops so individuals can have lower electricity bills. there are tens of millions of jobs in this, and it's one of the few areas in our economy where the jobs are growing in number fairly rapidly. 88% growth in green jobs year over year over the past year. and secondly, since when did the united states abandon its traditional world leadership role, especially at a time when just this past week the president of china says okay, we're going to adopt a cap and trade program and we're reducing our co2 emissions and we want to
create jobs and solar and wind and efficiency. so the rest of the world still does look to the united states for leadership. this is the most serious global challenge we've ever faced. no other country can play the role that the u.s. can play. >> one of the facebook questions that came up a lot today when we were asking our viewers was people wanted to get to you respond to the shell decision. >> oh, yeah. >> in which shell had invested $7 billion in this highly controversial plan to drill in the arctic. they abandoned this week. a tremendous outpouring of activism. what do you make of that decision? >> first of all, i would like to express my thanks and give due honor to all of those activists and kayaktivists as they call themselves that helped to build resistance to drilling in the arctic. it was insane to try to drill for oil in the arctic. i hope this is the last effort. it may not be, of course, because other countries, other companies also have some interest in it.
but i this i that the main reason shell pulled the plug is that oil prices are still staying at much lower levels than what would be required to justify the enormous expense of drilling in the arctic. but of course, the arctic is almost a closed basin. the kind of catastrophic accident that occurred in the gulf of mexico with the bp deepwater horizon, if that kind of accident occurred in the arctic ocean, it would be utterly catastrophic for the world. so it was a crazy idea in the first place. i'm glad they pulled the plug. i hope nobody else tries it. >> keystone has been one of the other sites of client activism that the pipeline that would bring carbon intensive fuel oil, dirty sand oil. hillary clinton just announced she is opposing the pipeline. she was at secretary of state when state was involved in the
negotiations around it, bernie sanders had already come out against it. were you surprised by her announcing that? >> no, i'm glad now that all three of the democratic candidates have come out against it. i doubt it will go forward. i don't think at this point the canadians are even counting on it going forward. i could be wrong about that. but the process by which that tar sand resource is turned into oil produces way more greenhouse gas pollution and it also befouls the landscape and chews up beautiful areas in western canada. it really -- i was asked about it several years ago in alberta, and i made an intemperate comment when asked about it, i said well junkies find veins in their toes when the ones in their arms and legs no longer work. maybe it's not the best way of saying it, but what it means is if we are so addicted to fossil fuels that we have to go to such
absurd extremes at such heavy environmental cost, it's time to re-examine our whole relationship to fossil fuels. now, here's the good news, chris. and you're aware of this i know, but i want to be sure to say this. the cost of electricity from solar energy is coming down so fast now, it is bringing with it an energy revolution that is unprecedented in the history of the world. solar pv on rooftops, plus more affordable batteries is changing everything. and this state of florida is going to be a battleground in next year in the election year where a bipartisan coalition that includes the some of the tea party groups, the christian coalition, democrats, progressives, republicans, conservatives, it's across the board, they're saying we want to be able to buy electricity from solar panels on our roof tops. this is one of only four states
where the government in cahoots with the big monopoly says it is illegal for you to buy electricity from somebody that puts solar panels on your roof. and they go beyond that and put a tax on the solar panels. it is -- it's unacceptable. and there's going to be a political revolution here in the state of florida, mark my words. >> are you done with public life politics? >> i'm enjoying what i'm doing now. i've often said perhaps once too often but i'm a recovering politician and the longer i go without a relapse, the less likely one becomes. >> it must be in the universe of citizens united, i can't imagine it feels more appealing to be in a campaign now than it would have, i mean as time goes by, the structural way a campaign is run must be less appealing or maybe i'm wrong. >> well, i do think that the influence of money we talked about earlier does degrade the
process, but i have a lot of respect for those who choose to go through this process. i've run four national campaigns, two for president, two for vice president. i know what they're going through, and i deeply respect what individuals in both parties are doing. and there are things that i miss about it. but i would like to see reforms in the process. i would like to see democracy restored to good health. i do think our system's been hacked. i think it needs to be restored. we need a kind of occupied democracy movement in this country. i think the kind of grassroots activism that we're seeing across ideological lines to promote renewable energy is one of the ways we can get our democracy back in good working order. >> are you going to endorse? >> so far, we get the impression from this coverage that the election is next week. >> it is, it's next week. >> yeah. it's a long way off.
and i'll wait on that decision. >> all right. former vice president al gore. a great pleasure to have you here. >> thanks for having me. absolutely. coming up, the spectacle of today's planned parenthood hearing. congresswoman bonnie watson coleman was in that chamber and will join me live, ahead. >> thank you, miss richards for enduring what i consider to be a very offensive approach on the part of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle as they've badgered you with questions.
soon to be ex-speaker of the house, john boehner, may have vowed no government shutdown over planned parenthood but today republican lawmakers got perhaps the next best thing, a high profile congressional hearing on capitol hill which at times morphed into a public shaming of planned parenthood and its president cecile richards. she testified before the house government oversight and reform committee defending the women's health care organization over its use of federal funding. at issue, a series of heavily edited undercover videos implying that planned parenthood officials were illegally selling fetal tissue for profit. planned parenthood has said those accusations are false and the organization follows all laws and ethical guidelines. yet, the first question from committee chairman jason chaffetz of utah had nothing to do with those videos. >> miss richards, planned parenthood has sent 32 plus million dollars in grants overseas. does any of these funds go to
the democratic republic of the congo? >> congressman, let me tell you. >> no, we don't have the time for a big narrative. >> chaffetz at times demonstrated also a fundamental misunderstanding of how women actually receive care. >> that's part of the challenge su don't do mammograms. >> go ahead. >> i'm sorry. >> you don't do mammograms. there's one or two places that does them. you don't do mammograms. >> if you would give me one moment to explain. >> sure. >> planned parenthood is a women's health center just like where i go for my breast exams every year. if you need a mammogram, you're referred to a radiological center. that's how women actually receive their care. >> planned parenthood which provides mcdonald services to 2.7 million women and men a year, a majority of them low income, receives over $500 million in federal funding. none of that money used for abortion. chaffetz pointed out that planned parenthood shouldn't need any federal money because of miss richards salary remarks
that earned had ima strong rebuke from democratic congresswoman carolyn mahoney. >> your compensation in 2009, was $353,000. is that correct? >> i don't have the figures with me. >> it was, congratulations. in 2013, your compensation went up some $240,000. your compensation we're showing baseline tax returns is $590,000. correct? >> that's not my annual compensation. actually my annual compensation is $520,000 a year. >> the entire time i've been in congress, i've never seen a witness beaten up and questioned about their salary. miss richards heads a distinguished organization providing health care services to millions of americans. and i find it totally inappropriate and discriminatory. >> the real piece de resistance came when chaffetz presented a slide to her claiming it came
from planned parenthood's reports. >> you created the slide. i have no idea what it is. >> it's the reduction over the course of years in pink. that's the reduction in the breast exams and the red is the increase in the abortions. that's what's going on in your organization. >> this is a slide that has never been shown to me before. i'm happy to look at it. it absolutely does not reflect what's happening at planned parenthood. >> you're going to deny that if we take those numbers out of your report. >> the slide you've just shown me, no one has ever provided me before. we've provided you all the information about everything, all the services that planned parenthood provides. doesn't feel like we're trying to get to the truth here. you just showed me this. i'm happy to look at it. >> i pulled those numbers out of my corporate reports. >> the source of this is actually americans united for life which is an anti-abortion group. i would check your source. >> then we will get to the bottom of the truth of that.
>> all right. that slide that was a centerpiece of the dig dramatic confrontation came from an anti-abortion group americans united for life. take a look the at it for a moment. the numbers presented on this graphic make no sense. the bigger number is below the smaller number. the chart implies that planned parenthood has been providing more abortions while cutting service on other services which is not true. the number of std tests and treatments has actually gone up. here's how that graphic about cancer treatment how that should look as fox pointed out using the planned parenthood figures. the purple line is above the red line because that number on top is bigger than the number on the bottom. now, there's a lot about today's hearing that didn't make a lot of sense. next i'll talk with two women on the front lines of this fight including a democratic lawmaker who was in the room.
are we here simply because the ideological right wing of this republican conference here in congress, the dysfunction that's manifested simply so anti-women's right to choose that they would bring you here for a fourth hearing, or are we here because somebody believes that planned parenthood doesn't need federal reimbursement for the health care that it gives? >> that was congresswoman bonnie watson coleman defending the president of planned parenthood at today's hearing. congresswoman, it was a pretty remarkable scene in that commit room just the level of tension, the tone that certain of your colleagues seemed to take towards the witness. obviously heated exchanges aren't completely out of the ordinary. what did you make of it? >> well, i thought the tone that was established from the very beginning with our chairman sort of signaled to us that we were going to be going downhill for the rest of the day. i don't think that there was any issue of truth seeking there. certainly wasn't net
investigation going on there. we had one witness. we had cecile richards who handled herself in an exemplary manner who was treated disrespectfully, wasn't given the opportunity to ask questions. and you know what i think that was today? this was an illustration of what to do when you can't figure out what you're supposed to be doing as a majority. they're in disarray, dysfunctional. the only thing they can seem to agree on is that the right wing minority within that conference is holding them hostage. and the only thing they can agree on is this fight against women. so we get to this hearing, first we thought the hearing was about the videos. we know that's blowing up and how bogus that has been and there have been forensic studies that have established that you can't even rely upon those videos. so then the questioning got to be, well, are you -- do you really need money from federal government to issue your services to women? and so they were all over the
place because they did not have any rational reason for being in that hearing. i asked them, how are you going to make a decision about whether or not to defund planned parenthood when you don't even know why you're here today. >> well, it also struck me that part of the issue here is there's such tremendous bad faith around the whole thing. the members, your republican colleagues on that committee, they for the most part i think unanimously are as opposed to abortion being legal. they think abortion is a great moral transgression. planned parenthood is an organization committed to insuring that it's legal, safe. it provides a service to women. so they don't like that. but because that is not an avenue they can productively go down instead what you get is an attack on the organization as a whole from every direction as if it's some big con game being run on its patients. >> so planned parenthood treated
at least 2.7 million women last year. and men and men, please let me add that they also treat men. those patients primarily came from underserved areas, areas where it's difficult to have access to health care. and they're very poor patients. so this republican majority would choose to put that whole cohort of people in peril just to further its ideological dark age manifestation of fighting against a woman's right to choose. it is absolutely ludicrous, but when you fail to do your job which is to happy create jobs, to pass the civil rights voting rights legislation, when you fail to bring an infrastructure bill creating jobs that way, creating export/import banks so that we could create an economy when you can't come together
around issues that people actually need you to address, then you go to something that is so far extreme that represents to people who are paying attention that this is a dysfunctional majority that doesn't know how the to govern. >> congresswoman bonnie watson coleman, thank you very much. joining me is the president of naral pro-choice america. it's interesting. i've been seeing a lot of head scratching knowledge conservative writers and folks as opposed to abortion rights why is planned parenthood has not taken a bigger hit. here's the latest nbc news poll showing that the net favorability of planned parenthood is better than barack obama, the democratic party, and the republican party and donald trump. is it surprising to you the resilience of planned parenthood after the last few months? >> no, it's not surprising because seven in ten americans
believe in legal abortion. actually trust women and our families to make our own decisions. it's not surprising because of the number of lives that planned parenthood has touched. cecile richards in that room today has done more women and americans' health than anyone else sitting there. americans know that. we were part of a coalition that is delivered 2 million petitions to congress to stand with planned parenthood today. where are there 2 million petitions? where is their cecile richards? they won't let the guy behind these bogus videos testify because they know he can't withstand the truth. >> yeah. i was sort of surprised by that actually. that the organization that conducted this fairly sophisticated operation of setting up sort of fake organizations and getting in with cameras to produce these videos the person who runs that, that you would think the republican committee would want to hear from him also. >> you know, the republicans, what was interesting about today is it was a perfect panel gent
of the extreme gop priorities, right? there was a total disregard for facts. there was a complete denigration and disdain for women. cecile most specifically but women in general. and there is this obsession with outlawing abortion at the expense of everything else that needs to happen in this country. david daleiden is the perfect example of that but he can't actually testify because the gop knows he's a house of cards that will fold. >> you know, the other context that struck me as relevant here, this is some data in the guttmacher institute, unwanted pregnancies and abortions are actually trending downward. we're seeing great movement in the teen pregnancy rate, as well. so there's actually been positive movement in the direction towards people being able to control their own reproductive health and choose affirmatively when they want to bear a child. that is totally removed from the kind of reality that is being
painted inside that committee room. >> absolutely removed. that's because you know, what i say all the time is these folks are not actually anti-abortion. if they were they would fight for universal access to contraception, paid parental lead, the kinds of things that support working families. they're anti-any woman living her life any way different from what they see fit. that's completely out of step with how most americans live today. they're going to get theirs. >> ilyse hogue, thanks. don't miss cecile richards on rachel maddow. up next, recipients of the mcarthur genius grant. you may have heard of one of them. you almost certainly haven't heard of another. >> watching your show made me realize how much --
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there was flooding yesterday in fort lauderdale beach, as well and other parts of south florida's coastline. flooding that may well not have happened as recently as a decade ago whether he sea levels were lower. florida has more people living less than four feet above sea level than any other state except louisiana and rising sea levels threaten the estimated $15 billion of beachfront property. nasa warned that rising sea levels could threaten the launch sites. all of which clarifies for the residents of florida climate change is not something of the future but literally flooding their streets right now. you would think it would influence jeb bush and senator marco rubio. but rubio is solidly in the camp of why should we take action when we know the chinese won't even though the chinese have entered into a historic agreement with the u.s. to curtail emissions. jeb bush has policy prescriptions such as ending the
40-year ban on crude exports, but not every florida politician is as blind. one mayor in this area happens to be a biologist who has strong words for his fellow floridians touring the country on a presidential campaign of denial. i asked him what he would say to bush and rubio. >> your arguments are complete [ bleep ]. the idea you don't want to harm the economy by engaging in the problems with sea level rise, what do you think sea level rise is going to do to our economy? it's going to destroy it. >> that mayor just ahead.
earlier today i spoke with mayor philip stoddard about the florida's place on the frontline of climate change in this country. because he also happens to be a biology professor, i asked him about the rarity of being a scientist and a politician. >> it's not common. scientists love science so much they rarely run for elected office. i was a sucker. here i am today. >> i keep thinking you've got two people in the republican field who many are saying the two most likely to get the nomination when the whole thing is done, jeb bush and marco rubio, both from florida, both from miami. both going around saying basically, shrugging at climate change. not hard-core denialists but well, the jury's still out. even if it isn't, what can we do. as someone who lives here, represents constituents and is a
biologist, what's your reaction. >> my first reaction is disappointment. we expect our elected leaders to be the adults in the room, to take responsibility to look after everybody's best actions. they're not doing it, frankly. it's a puzzle coming from jeb bush because he has such strong connections to the real estate community. they're the ones with the most to lose. so why isn't he engaging this issue like all of the big banks are and like the big financial houses and now like the underwriters? mean, that's a mystery. marco rubio is a different mystery. he's got young children. this is going to be their future. he should be looking out for the future of his own family and his own kids. that means taking a firm hard look at the best science and doing what's best for the next generation. >> it's really down here in miami. it is not remote or abstract at all. i mean, there is a tide for the super moon just two nights ago. >> yeah, there was. >> created flooding. you guys are right here on the water. there's all sorts of studies
that suggest miami is the city the most immediately imperilled by the effects of climate change. >> thomas edison predicted the industrial revolution would put enough carbon into the atmosphere to change our climate. this is not a new idea. we've depended on edison science and technology for everything we've done. he predicted climate change back then. here it is today. it's not big surprise. >> so what is your explanation? florida politics as a whole doesn't seem to be particularly worked up about something that is so obviously manifestly a threat to not just people but as you said billions of dollars. >> well, as a whole, it's not worked out. as a half it is worked up. you've got people on the take, obviously, from some very specific moneyed concerns saying it's no big deal or we can't do anything about it even if it is a big deal. you've got the rest of the world listening to the scientists saying this is the largest crisis that mankind has yet engaged. we have to engage it with everything we've got into do you guys see the front edge effects
here? >> of course we do. we've seen our summer season extending by a month over the past few decades. we see saltwater coming up out of the storm drains when it didn't used to do it. >> saltwater out of the storm drains. >> yeah, so particularly along the coastal reaches, when the tides come in especially when there's a full moon, the all the drains become suppliers of saltwater into the streets. that's what we call rainy day flooding. you can have a beautiful beg your pardon, that's what we call sunny day flooding. you can have a beautiful day and the streets fill up with water. you stick your finger down there and you taste it and you go what's that's saltwater. that's not rain water. >> i an beautiful sunny day, sea level rise. there's been significant sea level rise and high tide sucks in the saltwater into the storm drainage system. >> pushes it right in. >> you get flooding in the streets. >> sea water out of the storm drains. in fact, the sea level has risen five inches in miami in the past five years.
an inch a year. that's not global sea level rise. that's local sa sea level rise. there's differences and changes in the currents that can shift the water this way, that way. >> five inches in five years? >> five inches in five years. >> that's a lot. >> it is a lot. >> it seems to me still a puzzle. he's close to real estate. i was talking to someone earlier today about you have an entire industry around assessing risk particularly in places like this, they're subject to hurricanes and to flooding. you would think that all of this concentrated money and power would be grabbing people by the lapels in the florida state legislature or the two gentlemen running for office and saying -- >> you would think so. but it's happening in new york. the financial markets in new york are waking up and dealing with it. but florida is years behind the rest of the country. >> the former governor of your state, resident here, the current u.s. senator represents you, you're one of his
constituents. he represents your constituents of 14,000 residents of south miami. if you could sit down with either of these gentlemen in a coffee shop in south miami, what would say to them? >> i would say your arguments are complete [ bleep ]. the idea that you don't want to harm the economy by engaging the problems with sea level rise, what do you think sea level rise is going to do to our economy? it's going to destroy it. we're going to be underwater for heaven's sakes. how can you give these specious arguments about wanting to protect the economy when the biggest threat to the economy we've seen is coming down on us like a truck. that's what i would say to them. >> maybe if they're watching you'll get it across. mayor stoddard, a great pleasure. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> that is "all in" for this evening. "the rachel maddow show" starts right now. >> congratulations on wining an emmy last night. it was freaking awesome. >> thank you very much. >> totally well deserved. we're very proud. thanks, as well to you at home this hour for sticking with us. we've got a big show tonight
including an exclusive tonight for the interview. the within party has waging war against planned parenthood centers for years now. over the last few months that war has intensified to the point where basically the whole republican party is more unified to try to destroy planned parenthood than they are unified on anything else. all of their anti-planned parenthood propaganda and demagoguery and political hay making of the past few months, this anti-planned parenthood frenzy in republican politics over the last few months has all been building up to what happened today when republicans in congress demanded that the president of planned parenthood testify under oath in congress. they kept her there for five hours. today, this was the big climax of their war on planned parenthood. they dragged cecile richards, president ef planned parenthood before congress today and kept her there for five hours and it did not go well for th.