Sen. Bill Nelson, D-FL, said Republican members of Congress and Gov. Rick Scott, R-FL, are “denying reality” by refusing to acknowledge the role climate change played in two recent hurricanes that have hit U.S. coastal states.
“It’s denying reality,” Nelson told Politico. “You can call it politics or whatever, but the Earth is getting hotter. This storm is another reminder of what we’re going to have to deal with in the future.”
Nelson added that Climate Change and the greenhouse effect have warmed waters and caused sea levels around Florida to rise in recent years, which affected the size of Hurricane Irma, saying the issue should not be political.
“It’s certainly going to be an important issue, and if certain people such as the one you mentioned is my opponent, there’s a significant contrast in what we believe,” Nelson said.
Nelson said Republicans should explain why they believe “99.5 percent of scientists” are mistaken on climate change.
“It’s ironic isn’t it?” Nelson said.
“They accept the hurricane information, but deny the climate information.”