FL Governor Rick Scott Deflects Climate Questions: ‘I’m Not a Scientist’
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) recently revealed his belief that even if climate change is man-made it’s too late to do anything about it so we might as well not try. But what does Florida’s Republican governor think? During a campaign stop in Miami Tuesday, Rick Scott answered a question about climate change by saying, “I’m not a scientist.”
Florida political website The Shark Tank captured one instance of Scott making the remark, as you can see in the video below, but according to the Miami Herald, he repeated the line several times as he spoke to reporters about this issue.
Asked directly if he believes in man-made climate change, Scott replied, ““Well, I’m not a scientist” before heralding the work his administration has done to prevent flooding around the state’s coast. “So we’re dealing with all the issues we can,” he said. “But I’m not a scientist.”
The reporter came back at Scott by pointing out that during his first campaign for governor in 2010 he was “much more doubtful” about climate change. “Now you’re sounding less doubtful about man-made climate change because now you’re not saying ‘Look, I doubt the science,'” the reporter said. Now you’re saying: ‘I’m not a scientist.’ Am I right in guessing that?”
“Well, I’m not a scientist,” Scott repeated.
During a 2010 interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Scott answered the question of whether he believed in climate change then with a flat-out “no,” adding, “I have not been convinced.”
While it certainly seems Scott is still not “convinced,” he does appear to be moving in the right direction, even if he’s reluctant to say so. By contrast, Scott’s main Democratic opponent, former Republican Charlie Crist, who is currently leading in the polls, has said it’s ”ridiculous” to ignore science, and that “climate change is a real issue.”
Watch video below, starting at 0:30, via The Shark Tank:
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