Cut short by Gov. Rick Scott, climate scientist finishes his thought

David Hastings of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg recently traveled to Tallahassee to talk to Rick Scott about how to save Florida.

Hastings, a professor of marine science and chemistry for 20 years, was one of five academics who met with the governor last month, half of the group of 10 that sent him a letter in July. "I'm not a scientist," Scott kept saying. "We are scientists," the scientists wrote. They "respectfully" asked him to listen to them about the reality of climate change and the severity of the potential consequences of doing nothing about it. Scott granted them half an hour. He spent the first half of that half an hour making polite but off-topic chitchat. That left three minutes per scientist.

So I called Hastings with an offer. More time.

He started by saying he was grateful for the time he got with Scott. He acknowledged the governor is a "very powerful person."

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