Charlie Crist On Climate Change: I’m Not A Scientist Either But I Can ‘Use My Brain’ And ‘Talk To One’

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July 26, 2014 10:53 a.m.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) recently deflected questions about climate change by saying, “I’m not a scientist.”

Now Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist has offered a response. He said, according to SaintPetersBlog: “I’m not a scientist either but I can use my brain and I can talk to one.”

On Friday, Crist reportedly attended a 25-minute presentation by Jeff Chanton, a professor at Florida State University who specializes in chemical oceanography and has offered to meet with Scott. Chanton discussed rising sea levels as a consequence of climate change, which scientists say threatens Florida’s infrastructure and real estate near the coastline.

Scott’s campaign dismissed the move as a publicity stunt, per SaintPetersBlog.

Crist, a former governor of the Florida who wants the job back, is a Republican turned independent turned Democrat. In 2007, he said “global climate change is one of the most important issues we face this century.”

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