A group of evangelicals is urging Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) to do something on climate change.
The evangelicals, in a new ad, paid for by the Evangelical Environmental Network, angles acting on climate change on something directly related to what’s in the bible.
“I would like to see the environment protected. That’s what God created,” one voice in the ad said.
“I think Governor Scott ought to protect our environment because the Bible indicates as Christians we ought to take care of the Earth,” another voice said.
“I’m pro-life, and I’m pro-family and I do believe that we should do all that we can to protect our environment,” a third voice said. “It was given to us by God.”
A voiceover near the end of the ad concludes: “Climate change is real, it endangers the health of our children, worsens poverty throughout the world, and threatens our economy. Call Gov. Rick Scott and tell him as pro-life Christians we believe care for God’s creation is one of the greatest moral challenges of our time.”
Climate change has been something that Scott’s Democratic opponent in his fight for re-election, former Gov. Charlie Crist, has been able to use as a cudgel against the current governor. Earlier in the year Scott avoided questions on climate change by saying “I’m not a scientist.” In response, Crist said “I’m not a scientist either but I can use my brain and and I can talk to one.” Billionaire Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate Action group has also recently launched a campaign targeting Scott on climate change.
And as The Huffington Post also noted, a number of scientists have previously met with Scott to warn him about the dangers of ignoring climate change.
The TPM Polltracker average gives Crist a 2.3 point over Scott.
(H/t: The Huffington Post)