Gov. Rick Scott entered office in 2011 declaring: "I've not been convinced that there's any man-made climate change." He has a chance to acknowledge reality now that Florida scientists have called him on that preposterous statement and offered to give him a personal tutorial. The governor accepted the offer Friday, and that can only be a positive.
Ten scientists from Florida universities made the offer this week in a letter to the governor. Scott is not just a climate change skeptic. He and the Republican-led Legislature have worked to dismantle the climate change measures put into place by former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Republican-turned-Democrat and Scott's likely November opponent.
Now Scott deflects questions about climate change by saying, "I'm not a scientist." He doesn't have to be one to accept the impact of global warming, any more than he has to be a police officer to understand the impact of breaking the law.
One of the scientists says he can explain climate change to the governor in 30 minutes, and the group should not stop there. They ought to make the same offer to the state Cabinet and the Florida Legislature. They could take a day trip to Tallahassee and be done by lunch — and if they are successful it could benefit the state for generations.