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Scientists Challenge Trump to Discuss Climate Change

October 27th, 2016 by flanews

The environment and climate change haven’t been a big part of the run-up to the election. But as Matt Galka tells us, a group of scientists from Florida are trying to change that in the final two weeks.

Why isn’t climate change part of the national conversation as the country prepares to elect a new president? That’s the question being asked by multiple scientists in Florida.

Two years ago, the same group challenged Governor Rick Scott and his opponent Charlie Crist to address climate change.

Now Dr. Jeff Chanton has penned a letter to GOP Presidential Nominee Donald Trump asking the businessman to discuss the issue and his past claims of it being a hoax.

“In our opinion, at least in my opinion, this issue is just as important for the long term as ISIS,” said Chanton, a Florida State Professor of Oceanography.

But GOP strategists say it’s not a bigger part of the national conversation because everyday people don’t talk about it.

Government Affairs Director for the Jones Walker firm Chris Moya says voters aren’t impacted by climate change on a daily basis.

“When you ask scientists what should be done, the results of what should be done are incremental, long term, and difficult to calculate the impact on the climate. But the results for the average American family in the business economy right now are present, impactful and large scale.”

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“It has not been mentioned in the debates one bit! I’d like to call out Anderson Cooper, and Chris Wallace, and Ken Bone for not bringing this up! Why is this not talked about? It’s such a big issue.”

 

Chanton says bringing up the climate change issue two years ago was a success because it brought the issue to the forefront. He hopes that’s the case again in the closing laps of the race for the White House.

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