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Despite disputing human impact on climate change during his 2010 campaign, Florida Governor Rick Scott met with five climate scientists
yesterday (August 19) to discuss Florida's impact on global warming.
During a brief 30-minute meeting, the scientists informed Scott of the conflict with the state's rising sea levels and presented information that links human impact, such as greenhouse gas emissions, to climate change.
After the meeting, Scott quickly departed without answering any questions, reports the Orlando Sentinel
The change in Scott's mind to consider climate change a serious problem may have to do with former Governor Charlie Crist, the main Democratic opposition for his re-election, claiming to be a firm believer in global warming.
"As scientists, we're the map makers. As policymakers, you're the navigators," marine science and chemistry professor David Hastings told Scott. "You're at the helm and we're looking for leadership...Some of us believe it is the time for decisive action."
When asked if their message got across to Scott and whether he changed his mind, Hastings added, "I'm inherently an optimist, I'm also a realist. I'm concerned he might not do anything."
Jeff Chanton, a professor at Florida State University, on the other hand seemed somewhat positive about their briefing, saying. "What he saw today, I don't know how he couldn't be."
Ultimately, the scientists hope for Scott to respond to the Obama administration's proposal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 38% by 2030, which is a requirement for all states.
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