My blog post started with this article in the Tampa Bay Times. A group of actual scientists offered to meet with Florida Governor (and climate science denier) Rick Scott to explain the science to him.
I was wondering if we couldn't get a few climate scientists from Pennsylvania to meet with our own climate denying Governor.
Anyway, there's an update. From the Miami Herald:
Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist fueled the climate wars Friday and called Florida State University oceanography professor Jeff Chanton offering to meet with the scientists who asked to meet with Gov. Rick Scott.Of course, this is all about the upcoming gubernatorial election in Florida.
Scott said this week that someone in his administration would meet with the 10 climate scientists from universities and colleges across the state, but after Crist agreed to meet, them, the governor also agreed.
Hey, we have a gubernatorial election coming up in Pennsylvania, right? Maybe Democratic challenger Tom Wolf should reach out to meet with some scientists and discuss the issue. Maybe that would get Corbet to do the same - just like in Florida.
Wolf even has a "climate change" page on his website. It starts with this:
Tom knows we need to remove the politics from the discussion about climate change and global warming. We need to take action so that future generations have access to fresh air and clean water, and have the opportunity to explore and enjoy Pennsylvania's natural beauty.Not a heck of a lot of room in there to say that climate change is "subject to debate" so it should be a rather easy conversation for Wolf to have with some climate scientists on climate change.
As governor, Tom will promote policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean energy alternatives, and invest in green energy technology and infrastructure. Additionally, Tom will appoint qualified individuals to lead the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources who will be responsible for proactively addressing climate change and promoting policies that are in the best interest of current and future residents -- not special interests.
How long until we get a serious discussion about it from Governor Corbett?