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 photo RickScottAP2012_zps978d70f4.jpgFlorida Governor Rick Scott pioneers a new political posture of "climate-change-mutism."

Just as I predicted in my last article and for the last several weeks, the increasingly costly price paid by any politician who admits to "climate change denial," is taking its toll on the number who are willing to do so in public. Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald writes, Rick Scott won't say if he thinks man-made climate-change is real and significant, which is a major change from his position in 2011 when he said "I've not been convinced that there's any man-made climate change... Nothing's convinced me that there is."

I guess we need to make up a new category for Rick Scott - "climate-change mutism," for those unable or unable to express an opinion. This is substantial progress. When politicians see others in retreat, who will volunteer to be on the bloody edge?

Here's the question-and-answer with Scott published by the Miami Herald:

Q: Do you believe man-made climate change is significantly affecting the weather, the climate?

Scott: “Well, I’m not a scientist. But let’s talk about what we’ve done. Through our Division of Emergency Management -- the last few years, three years – we put about, I think, $120 million to deal with flooding around our coast. We also put a lot of money into our natural treasures, the Everglades, trying to make sure all the water flows south. So we’re dealing with all the issues we can. But I’m not a scientist.”

Q: In 2011 or 2010, you were 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.’ Now you’re saying: ‘I’m not a scientist.’ Am I right in guessing that?

Scott: “Well, I’m not a scientist. But I can tell you what we’ve accomplished. We put a lot of effort into making sure that we take care of our natural treasures – the Everglades, making sure water flows south, any flooding around our coast. So we’re doing the right thing.”

Question (asked by citizen-activist): So do you believe in the man-made influence on climate change?

Scott: “Nice seeing you guys.”

I just posted a video of John Oliver mocking science-deniers on his new HBO show where he asserts that 97% of climate scientists agree that climate change is real, happening now, and has primarily been caused by man.

Over the last two weeks Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) has been mocked and derided for denying that he believes in climate change or science even after he proposed carbon emission caps when he was in the Florida House.

Several recent reports indicate southern and coastal parts of Florida will be highly vulnerable to rising sea levels caused by global warming.  

Global warming and science deniers are already in retreat. I believe we will see dramatic shift in public opinion in the next polls that will continue to improve from here on out.

Originally posted to SciTech on Tue May 27, 2014 at 08:45 PM PDT.

Also republished by DKos Florida and North & Central Florida Kossacks.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Comments and Posts intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited.

    by HoundDog on Tue May 27, 2014 at 08:45:28 PM PDT

  •  I doubt that Rick Scott exists (8+ / 0-)

    I mean, come on, it's probably a hoax just so some people can get grant money. Look at him, fer gawds sake, you expect me to believe that?

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Tue May 27, 2014 at 08:57:11 PM PDT

  •  "Run away! Run away!" (4+ / 0-)
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    HoundDog, Pale Jenova, RonK, PeterHug

    Seems like a lot of Republicans, including Rick Scott, are adopting this Monty Python and the Holy Grail strategy when asked if they're still climate change deniers. This strategy may even be expanding to marriage equality given Governor Corbett's latest non-reaction (or outright retreat) in Pennsylvania. They can run away, but they can't hide.

    I am proud to be able to say that I got the chance to vote for Ann Richards for Governor of Texas, twice!

    by dewtx on Tue May 27, 2014 at 09:08:35 PM PDT

  •  Why do reporters pose the question this way? (5+ / 0-)

    Is anyone asked whether they "believe in" relativity?  In DNA being the genetic material?  That water is composed of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom?  That the entropy of the Universe is always increasing?  That the chances of flipping three heads in a row are 1 in 8?

    There is no "believe in" here.  If we want "believe in", we should get the Ouija board.

    Technically, though, Rick Scott gives a good answer.  "I am not a scientist."  That's right.  He isn't.  

    Heyyyy, that gives me an idea!!!  If we want to know about the most likely causes of climate change, maybe we should ask ... scientists!

    •  Or do you believe in Quantum Mechanics... (3+ / 0-)
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      Pale Jenova, FloridaSNMOM, skralyx

      and the Uncertainty Principle? (Because God is never uncertain, right?) And if you don't believe in Quantum Mechanics or the Uncertainty Principle, then you should refrain from using anything based on this "belief"--like computers, smartphones, digital cameras, televisions, etc. Which would then allow us "believers" to enjoy your blessed silence.

      I am proud to be able to say that I got the chance to vote for Ann Richards for Governor of Texas, twice!

      by dewtx on Tue May 27, 2014 at 09:41:00 PM PDT

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    •  Bill Maher: does water boil at 212F? (2+ / 0-)
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      dewtx, skralyx

      Well, actually, better not throw out that one, because atmospheric pressure has a large effect on the boiling point. If Venus weren't so damned hot, water would boil at 300+ degrees Celsius, given the 90 atm pressure.

      Also, water can be superheated, such as distilled water in a Pyrex cup in the microwave.

      But hey. Teabaggers wouldn't know any of that. As Christopher Moore wrote:

      The beta male discovered fire. The alpha male discovered the third degree burn, because he didn't realize he shouldn't grab the stick by the orange-y end.

      And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

      by Pale Jenova on Tue May 27, 2014 at 10:35:52 PM PDT

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  •  I commented to my father (6+ / 0-)

    That in 100 years there would be no Boston, NYC or San Francisco, because they'd all be under water. When I added that there would be no Florida either, he responded that at least there was a silver lining.
    Ba-dum-bum.

    If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? When I am only for myself, then what am "I"? And if not now, when?

    by betorah on Tue May 27, 2014 at 09:44:57 PM PDT

    •  There would be a lot of San Francisco left. (2+ / 0-)
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      Just like Seattle.

      But New Orleans? Glub, glub, glub.

      And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

      by Pale Jenova on Tue May 27, 2014 at 10:37:12 PM PDT

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  •  Rick Scott too? (3+ / 0-)
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    dewtx, RonK, PeterHug

    Everybody's in on the plot to make Al Gore rich, I guess.

  •  As Antarctica goes, so does all of Florida (3+ / 0-)
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    dewtx, jfromga, PeterHug

    Except a couple tiny islands in the possibly former panhandle, it all goes underwater. Perhaps even Felon Rick Scott gets cut by Occam's Razor: is the entire coastline of the world sinking . . . or is the sea level rising?

    Same goes for Louisiana and Bobby Dimbulb Jindally Cricket. You Cajuns and Creoles have GOT to stop re-electing him. Think of it as "something called volcano monitoring."

    And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

    by Pale Jenova on Tue May 27, 2014 at 10:30:16 PM PDT

  •  This just in: (2+ / 0-)
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    dewtx, appledown

    Rick Scott is not a scientist.  Repeat:  Rick Scott is not. a. scientist.  Who says there's no honest politicians?  We owe him a debt of gratitude for clearing up that (unasked) question.

    Also, just for clarification:  Rick Scott is not an aardvark.  Rick Scott is not Voldermort (although he fantasy role plays as one). Rick Scott is not a hair model.  Rick Scott is not a humorist.

    Glad I could clear all that up.

    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose." - Janis Joplin

    by Uncommitted on Wed May 28, 2014 at 03:33:20 AM PDT

  •  I've heard that Jen McCarthy has also been (2+ / 0-)
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    dewtx, RonK

    walking back some of her anti-vaxx crackpottery--and I've also noticed that some of our own resident lunatic fringe has been making the "I'm not anti-vax but . . . " dodge, as well.

    It's a good sign.  It means people are recognizing the crackpots as crackpots, and the crackpots are starting to notice that people are laughing at them.

    Maybe humans aren't all pig-ignorant dumbfucks after all.  ;)

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Wed May 28, 2014 at 04:53:54 AM PDT

  •  We know what happens when GOPers are mum... (0+ / 0-)

    After they get re-elected and then voice out the opinion they had kept in check, they invariably explain: "Well, people knew all along where I stood and keep standing on this anyway…"

    Scott Walker did this on the right of public workers to bargain through a union, and others have on abortion: They campaigned without saying a word on it, then upon getting elected IMMEDIATELY came up with bills on those very issues...

  •  Re posted to DKos Florida-just saw a commercial (0+ / 0-)

    with Rick Scott and his grandson. Scott just isn't human no matter what he tries to portray. R&R.

    "No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar." Abraham Lincoln

    by appledown on Wed May 28, 2014 at 06:47:47 AM PDT

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