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Gov. Scott to meet with climate change scientists Aug. 19th

Updated to include a comment by Gov. Scott's spokesman:

Gov. Rick Scott has agreed to meet with scientists about climate change for 30 minutes Aug. 19th, said Susan Glickman, a clean energy lobbyist during a conference call this morning organized by a liberal group Florida for All.

Scott himself will be at the meeting held in his office, Glickman said.

In July, climate scientists sent a letter to Scott seeking a meeting. Scott’s likely Democratic rival, Charlie Crist, met with FSU oceanography professor Jeff Chanton in July while spokespersons for Scott’s campaign said he too would meet with them.

Chanton made the arrangements to meet with Scott, Glickman said. (Chanton is traveling and was not on the conference call.)

“I would like to hear from the governor that he recognizes climate change science is legitimate....” said University of Miami professor Ben Kirtman during the conference call. “It’s fair to have a fight over what the right policy is -- he has a right to disagree. But to deny that the best available science can help guide those decisions is disingenuous.”

In 2011, Scott said he did not believe humans could alter the planet’s temperature, but more recently simply says, “I’m not a scientist.” His environmental plan released this week makes no mention of climate change.

Climate change will get far more attention in this year’s race for governor compared to Scott’s first race because of the planned attacks by NextGen Climate, funded by California billionaire Tom Steyer. NextGen released it’s first TV ads attacking Scott today.

"Governor Scott looks forward to the August 19th meeting to discuss Florida’s recent environmental investments, his commitment to the Everglades and water quality standards, and how Florida can maintain its cleanest air quality on record," Scott spokesman John Tupps said Friday.

 

 

 

 

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David J.

Does this man believe anything? Is there anything he can stand firm on when it comes to conservative values. Evidently not.

Highly paid Republican operative

Don't criticize the Boss, please.

MarvinM

Wow, a whole 30 minutes of his time. I'm sure he'll come out of that meeting a changed man (yes, that was sarcasm).

Can't wait to hear him spout what he learns about the issue in the debates.

That's not sarcasm. I am truly interested in hearing what he will have to say on the subject.

dee

"it’s first TV ads attacking Scott today."?

Come on, Herald.

Dave

Does he know the difference between a scientist (peer reviewed) from a Koch lobbyist.

Gary

I just hope he has the sense to Fact Check each and every claim these warmists make.
I hope he asks for clear unambiguous credible evidence as well and the sense to take any computer model claims with a cup of salt.
At the very least, anyone that utters the fraudulent 97% lie should be ushered out of the room immediately.

Christian

I hope Gov. Scott gets a chance to watch this video before being inundated with 30 minutes of politically driven non-science blather. It should help insulate him from the nonsense: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0DcpRAPk_w

Alcheson

Gov Scott should also have a couple of top scientists from the Skeptics side at the discussion. Dr. Roy Spencer, Dr. John Cristy, and/or Prof. Richard Lindzen would be good. He invites any of these guys... the CAGW side will suddenly find an excuse to back out... guaranteed!

todd nelson

Since governor Scott is meeting with some of the biggest crooks ever, it is only fitting that he limit his time with them. Since REAL science shows there has been NO global warming in the last 18 years, despite a slight rise in CO2 levels, those "scientists" are nothing more than Bernie Madoff with degrees. Their attempts to scam the entire world are breathtaking, and they might have gotten away with them, but for whoever leaked their own incriminating emails. It made the truth tellers really start to explore the science of what the scammers were claiming. The science doesn't even come close to what the scammers are claiming. Their 97% claim has been shown to be from a totally bogus survey by John Cook who couldn't show ANY raw data, meaning he pulled the 97% from thin air.
When they are already in lying mode when they talk about consensus, everything else goes downhill from there. SO I salute the Bernie Madoff wannabes for their chutzpa and perseverance, but denounce them for their fraud.

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