Am I going to have to set up an "I'm not a scientist" Google Alert?
Goodness gracious. Nobody's asking the governor, or any politican, to be a scientist. Just read. Talk to scientists. The latest round in this silly game:
So is Scott repositioning himself now, believing more in man-made climate change? He wouldn't say.
"I'm not a scientist," Scott repeated, noting again his environmental record.
Scott's new position resembles that of another top Florida Republican office holder, Sen. Marco Rubio. Rubio, too, says he's not a scientist and he won't answer the question about whether he believes humans are causing the planet to warm.
Climate scientists, an estimated 97 percent of whom say man-made climate change is real and significant, point to data showing the oceans and the upper-level atmosphere are heating, and the overall trend of all temperature readings in the last century are climbing.
A recent national climate-change report indicated that Florida will be exceptionally vulnerable if the seas continue to rise.
Here's the question-and-answer with Scott:
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."
Q (asked by citizen-activist): So do you believe in the man-made influence on climate change?
Scott: "Nice seeing you guys."