Florida Governor Rick Scott is figuring out his feelings on climate change post-hurricane.
“Clearly, our environment changes all the time,” the Republican leader said after touring Irma’s devastation. “And whether that’s cycles we’re going through or whether that’s man-made, I wouldn’t be able to tell you which one it is.”
It’s good to see Scott pondering those wacky ideas we’ve all heard floating around: Human-caused climate change, more intense hurricanes, rising sea levels, etc. Coming to terms with climate change is a journey we all must pursue at our own pace! It’s not urgent or anything.
So what is Scott feeling sure about? Let’s hear it:
“This is a catastrophic storm our state has never seen,” he warned on Saturday before Irma hit Florida.
“We ought to go solve problems. I know we have beach renourishment issues. I know we have flood-mitigation issues,” he said in the wake of Irma.
“I’m worried about another hurricane,” he shared with reporters while touring the Florida Keys this week. We feel ya, Scott.
Big ideas! Perhaps a fellow Florida Republican could illuminate their common thread.
“[I]t’s certainly not irresponsible to highlight how this storm was probably fueled — in part — by conditions that were caused by human-induced climate change,” Florida congressman and Grist 50er Carlos Curbelo said this week.
In fact, it just might be necessary.