Scientist To Governor: Stop Spreading Doubt About Climate Change

Jul 22, 2014

Dr. Ben Kirtman is a University of Miami professor who sees the impact of climate change happening now in Miami Beach and other areas of South Florida.
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Gov. Rick Scott has been repeatedly quoted as saying "I'm not a scientist" when asked whether he believes in man-made climate change.

So 10 Florida scientists sent the Governor a letter referring to the “impact of human-induced global warming.” They mention a recent government report that found "unambiguous" evidence that human activities — like the burning of fossil fuels — are the cause.

In the letter, the scientists express a desire to help the governor understand what's happening so he can make effective decisions about how to protect the state.

Dr. Ben Kirtman is one of the scientists who signed the letter. He’s a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Miami. He talks about climate change, why Gov. Rick Scott should stop doubting the evidence, and what should be done to help mitigate the impact.

Listen to interview below: