The “I’m not a scientist” excuse won’t fly with this group.

Ten scientists signed a letter addressed to Florida Gov. Rick Scott this week in hopes that he will meet with them to learn about climate change and its impact on their state. The scientists are professors of oceanography, environmental and atmospheric sciences and more at various universities in the state, including Miami, Florida State, Florida International and Eckerd College, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

“Florida is one of the most vulnerable places in the country with respect to climate change, with southeastern Florida of particular concern,” the scientists wrote. “This is not a hypothetical. Thousands of scientists have studied the issue from a variety of angles and disciplines over many decades.

“Those of us signing this letter have spent hundreds of years combined studying this problem, not from any partisan political perspective, but as scientists—seekers of evidence and explanations.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has received an invitation from 10 prominent scientists in his state to learn about climate change. Photo credit: Executive Office of Governor Rick Scott
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has received an invitation from 10 prominent scientists in his state to learn about climate change. Photo credit: Executive Office of Governor Rick Scott

While direct, the letter doesn’t attack Scott for what he doesn’t know. As one of the scientists, Jeff Chanton of Florida State University, told the Times, “this is about the continued comfort and amiability of civilization, or human beings. I just want him to understand what the situation is—and put it in a historical, million-year context, about what the greenhouse gas history is.”

His response will be important for his political career as well as the environment. In November, Scott faces former Gov. Charlie Crist, who is known for his climate policies, though state legislators have repealed most of them. Crist attends and speaks at events like this year’s Solar Uprising Rally, which was presented by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

View the letter’s full text and signees on the next page.

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