Rick Scott Met With Climate Change Scientists and Didn't Have Much to Say

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Global warming and rising sea levels could lead to some of Florida's biggest cities sitting under water. You'd think preparing for such a scenario would be at the top of the list of Florida leader's agenda.

Well, for the first time since taking off Gov. Rick Scott actually had a brief meeting with some of the state's leading climate change scientists yesterday. It lasted all of 30 minutes.

And all Scott really wanted to know is if the scientist's students had gotten jobs.

The scientists, a group of oceanographers, marine biologists, geologists and chemists from Florida's top universities, wrote Scott in July asking for a meeting. Scott originally said he'd have an aide meet with them, but then changed his mind and decided to give the scientists 30 minutes of his own time.

The scientists wanted to urge Scott to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state and urge a switch to renewable energy.

According to the News Service of Florida, Scott didn't seem that interested:

Scott, a Republican running for re-election, said little, other than to ask whether the professors' students were getting jobs in Florida.

"He didn't reflect on the science," [Eckerd College scientist Dave] Hastings said afterward. "So he asked modest questions, but he did not ask questions that reflected his understanding of the material."

During his 2010 campaign Scott said he wasn't convinced global warming was manmade and has since deflected questions on the topic by declaring that he's "not a scientist."

And yet when he finally meets with actual scientists, he doesn't have much at all to say.

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William Wiggins
William Wiggins

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Afi Keita James
Afi Keita James

Because climate change is a hoax, it's all a plan for a world government.

Steve Atlas
Steve Atlas

I'm not sure why any number of climate scientist thought they could influence a principle-free ideologue.

Kenn Gambe
Kenn Gambe

ok so who is surprised how is this news?

mark1282
mark1282

Scientist, experts-- most of them sit in the office all day running computer models. I consider experts the like of; Sylvia A. Earle, Cousteau, Phillpe (son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Herb McCormick and crew of OceanWatch; a 64ft steel cutter that  departed from Seattle, Washington on May 31, 2009 to study the health of the ocean. A four-man crew with over fifty port of calls in 13 months and logging 28,000 nautical miles! Now that is crazy!  All this with crazy storms and artic ice..

There are few more I can mention, but my point is they walk the GD talk.

Rick Dorkhead needs to read the book "One Island, One Ocean" by Herb McCormick and wake the hell up.

John Rogger
John Rogger

Neither am i. Since its all bs anyway

Ray Grandon
Ray Grandon

Fire is the enemy of earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rickscottisajerk
rickscottisajerk

CLIMATE CHANGE OR NOT: THIS DOES NOT CHANGE THE FACT THAT

RICK SCOTT IS AN EVIL ALBINO PYTHON WHO MUST BE STOPPED!!!

Eva Vicuña Dieguez
Eva Vicuña Dieguez

idiots don't have much to say about nothing that pertains important things that should matter

Reno Dee
Reno Dee

He's probably part of the Flat Earth Society

Danny Cespedes
Danny Cespedes

Of course not, he's an opportunist. If he can't make money off of it, he doesn't really care.

OrlandoChris
OrlandoChris

I am very pleased that Adrian Wyllie will be a part of the debate. Floridians deserve to hear from all the candidates to be well informed. Adrian Wyllie deserves my vote and yours too. He is a honest average Floridian just as you and I , that is willing to stand up and do something for the interest of all of us here in Florida. The other candidates both Republican and Democrat are owned and controlled by special interest, like puppets and will lie to your face to gain your vote, then continue the same old agenda that we complain about year after year. Time to get off this merry-go-round, election after election, thinking it will be any different. Take a stand, vote for the candidate that loves this state and is willing to take time out of his life, effort and money to SERVE the people of Florida and stop voting for these 'paid for' career politicians that are only out for money and fame and have zero interest in us Floridians. Even if it's just for honesty alone, vote for Adrian Wyllie instead of the other two (Scott/Crist) which are proven liars. The choice is yours and yours alone, if you want the same old corruption and slap in the face, go ahead and vote for one of the two puppets (Scott/Crist) OR do what is right for our (yours and your children's) future and vote for Adrian Wyllie. Support him by donating to his campaign, spreading the word and contribute to the super brochure program which I think is very powerful. Visit his website today.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

That is right.


Never in the history of this planet has the climate changed.


Just because the sea level in Miami hasn't even risen one inch doesn't mean that isn't happening.


The Left has never used junk science to push for more control and $$$


Electric cars are currently economically feasible and nobody needs to drive more than 40 miles.,......EVER


Solar power is cheap and reliable especially in Florida.



And


Government funded scientist never say that there is a problem in order to demand more money,  Nope. Never happens!



RightwingClown
RightwingClown

@Anthonyvop1 I guess you are smarter than the 98% of scientists that disagree with you.  wake up you idiot.


"Solar power is cheap and reliable especially in Florida."


And FPL is really helping with that right?


"Electric cars are currently economically feasible and nobody needs to drive more than 40 miles"


You can get a used Prius for $15k.  It gets 50 mpg and can go over 500 miles on a tank of gas.   A Tesla can go 250 miles before needing a charge.   Grew up and help the world instead of being a selfish douche.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

@RightwingClown @Anthonyvop1


You drive a Prius.  Personally I stay away from slow, cramped, ill handling boxes.   If i wanted mileage I would get a VW TDI.  Great mileage combined with handling and performance.


There is no Tesla on the planet that gets 250 real world miles on a charge.  

And even if it did....what do you do when you want to go 251?   

With a car powered by Cheap, efficient gasoline I can refill in minutes.  Tesla?  Better check into a hotel after you find a place to charge it.


As for FPL.....They are the ones wasting my money on Solar power.

And it is people like you that are happy to give FPL their monopoly.

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