Rick Scott Reminds People That He's No Scientist When Asked About Manmade Climate Change

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Two weeks after telling reporters he's not a scientist, Rick Scott reminded reporters on Tuesday that... he's no scientist!

Scott had made a stop in Miami on Tuesday when he was asked about the impact of manmade climate change.

"I'm not a scientist," he said, per the Miami Herald. He then tried to deflect the question by talking about his environmental record, which is probably not the hottest idea. But you can't blame him for that since, as he continues to remind us, he's not a scientist.

See also: Rick Scott Says "I'm Not a Scientist" as He Continues to Ignore Climate Change Issue

"Do you believe manmade climate change is significantly affecting the weather, the climate?" someone asked him Tuesday.

"Well, I'm not a scientist," Scott replied. "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."

But the questions persisted:

"In 2011 or 2010, you were much more doubtful about climate change," an activist told the governor on Tuesday. "Now you're sounding less doubtful about manmade 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?"

"Well, I'm not a scientist," Scott replied. "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."

For the record, among some of "right things" Non-Scientist Rick Scott has done for the environment: 

Meanwhile, the National Climate Assessment says South Florida, in particular, is "exceptionally vulnerable to sea level rise."

Scott's insistence on not answering questions about climate change by invoking the Marco Rubioan Fifth (i.e.: Claiming not to be an expert to avoid making basic true statements that would otherwise hurt you among your base) is bizarre at best and dangerous at worst.

In the span of two weeks, a governor who has the balls to talk up his supposed environmental record and about the things he plans on doing for the environment has refused to acknowledge what the majority of scientists have been saying for years: Climate change is manmade, and it's going to sink Florida into the ocean.

Meanwhile, Scott, who has taken more than $1 million in campaign contributions from utility companies, with $550,000 of that coming from FPL, is set to approve the construction of a new nuclear plant in Turkey Point and another in Miami for FPL.

Much like Rubio, who started this new I'M NOT SCIENTIST, MAN trend last year and is also ignoring climate-change dangers, Scott is pandering to those in his base who think the scientists are wrong, climate change is cyclical, and Fred Flintstone was a historical figure.

But New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie thinks voting for Scott is a no-brainer. So there's that.

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winsomelosesome topcommenter

And another thing. 

We can do all we can and it won't amount to a rats ass with China and India polluting to their hearts content.  This is a global problem.  The amount of impact we have on it is miniscule until the MAJOR contributers subside.

But, hey, if we can hit Scott over the head with something he can't stop...why not.

KennyPowersII topcommenter

GWB is a card carrying member of Mensa compared to Scott. The man is,minimally, a dangerous fool.
Seems to be a trend in political circles that admitted ignorance is an acceptable excuse for malfeasance/misfeasance.

riverrat69 topcommenter

Finally, I agree with Two Ton Chris Christie. Voting for Scott is a no-brainer.

riverrat69 topcommenter

@winsomelosesome As we can see by your post, you are aren't a scientist by a long shot either. Scientists do research before they post their opinions. You obviously post opinions you pull out of your frightwingnut ass.

New research done at Concordia University suggests that more than 60 percent of the anthropogenic global warming that occurred before 2005 was generated by just seven countries.

That the study names United States, China, Russia, Brazil, India, Germany and the United Kingdom as the biggest contributors to man-made global warming

The US, the researchers report, is the uncontested leader in contributing to global warming. The researchers calculated that the US alone is responsible for a global temperature increase of 0.15 degrees Celsius, a change that amounts to 20 percent of observable global warming.

China and Russia contributed 8 percent each, India and Brazil provided 7 percent and the UK and Germany contributed around 5 percent each.

Other nations made up the remaining 40 percent. France, Indonesia and Canada rounded out the top 10 largest contributors to global warming

winsomelosesome topcommenter


"Seems to be a trend in political circles that admitted ignorance is an acceptable excuse for malfeasance/misfeasance. "

Like the current occupant of the White House

winsomelosesome topcommenter


Thanks for the info, Obamabot.  Now, tell me what measures the countries of India, Russia, China and Brazil are doing to reduce their impact?  Those who cause at least 30% are doing nothing, yet you wring your hands that the US is bringing world catastrophe.  But you know what?  We agree on something, There is Global Warming. It's just that, Global.  Until there is some worldwide participation in stemming it our efforts will be worth squat.  And what did those esteemed researchers project FUTURE pollution by the countries listed above will be.  See the problem?  Oh, and by the way, 1934 was the hottest year on record.  And I sight my references.


riverrat69 topcommenter

@winsomelosesome @riverrat69 By the way, read the last sentence:

In 2012, the largest contributors of greenhouse gases were China with 27%, the United States with 14% and the European Union with 10%.

On an individual basis, China and the EU were at the same level, with 7.7 tons of carbon gas emitted per person and year.

Americans still polluted the most by far, with more than 17 tons of carbon gas emitted per person in 2012.

winsomelosesome topcommenter


I'm not defending anything.  They said they weren't scientists.  What is so egregious about that? I've seen nothing but petty pot shots at any Republican on this board.  Sometimes I try to give it a little balance.  BTW. Hypocrisy does not follow party lines. 

" If you want to keep your health plan you can, period!"

riverrat69 topcommenter

@winsomelosesome I'm not wringing my hands about anything. You at least admit there is global warming. But you just can't help yourself from defending morons like Scooby 2.1 GPA, Rubio and Scott, I'm not a scientist either. Why defend their stupidity when you know they don't know or won't admit? The hypocrisy in the DNA of every teabagger.

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