Republican Florida governor Rick Scott has always had a huge problem when it comes to the environment. To begin with, he has repeatedly made it clear that he does not believe in climate change, and certainly not the role that human beings play in exacerbating the problem.
But, facing a fierce opponent with a stellar environmental record in this year’s gubernatorial race, Scott has had to swallow his pride and open up to the idea that he is wrong on climate change.
Governor Scott recently met with prominent climate scientists from universities with the expressed goal of learning all that he could about climate change. The truth, however, is that the entire experience was more of a publicity stunt than a science lesson.
According to the scientists, at least half of the thirty-minute meeting was spent with Scott asking questions about the scientists’ education, classes they teach, and various other “small talk” questions. This left them only 15 minutes to explain the science behind anthropogenic climate change to the inattentive governor.
Think Progress, via Reader Supported News, has more:
Ben Kirtman professor of atmospheric science at the University of Miami, told ThinkProgress. “I don’t honestly believe the governor is climate literate, and I don’t think he is particularly interested in becoming climate literate.”
David Hastings, professor of marine science and chemistry at Eckerd College, told ThinkProgress that he thought the governor’s decision to take up “almost half” the meeting with small talk showed that he wasn’t truly interested in the meeting.
“If we were talking about things that he was sincerely interested in, that small talk would have been very short,” he said.
They also note that during the entire meeting, Scott did not ask a single climate change-related question.