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Finally, here in Florida, we are beginning to have the much needed discussion about global warming. As the state most as risk for rising seas and extreme storm surge, discussion about the problem has mainly been a taboo subject because of our corrupt fossil fuel supported state leadership. When Rick Scott became Florida governor he dismantled many of the climate initiatives which had been assembled during the previous administration of Governor Charlie Crist. But now, our corrupt, idiot governor has been backed against the wall and will have to respond.

The recent request by ten Florida university scientists to be allowed to school Rick Scott on the dangers of climate change has gone viral. At first Scott ignored the invitation, then he said he would send 'someone' to meet with them. At the same time, Charlie Crist, Scott's political opponent in the run for Florida governor said that he would actually meet with the group. This pushed Scott to say that he would also meet with the group personally.

The letter was signed by experts in marine systems, atmospheric sciences and other climate change-related fields at the University of Miami, Florida State University, Eckerd College and Florida International University.

“We are scientists and we would like the opportunity to explain what is at stake for our state,” the scientists wrote.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given Florida a target of cutting its carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 38 percent by the year 2030, as part of the Obama administration’s effort to reduce emissions nationwide by nearly a third over the next 15 years.

Florida will choose how to meet that goal, and the scientists wrote that they hoped to provide Scott with the latest climate science as the state prepares those plans.

In a very timely coincidence the national media has made Scott an object of national ridicule by picking up on on his frustrating non-answers to almost every question so his reaction to the meeting will be intensely scrutinized. The guy is a virtually talking word salad. He purposely obstructs and refuses to answer any question honestly.

I don't know how he can weasel out of giving a legitimate response. Of course, he could say what he expects everyone wants to hear but if reelected we all know that he will do whatever the hell he has to do to enrich his pockets.

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