California Governor to Scott: “Don’t stick your head in the sand”

Gov. Scott met with scientists in 2014 but said little about climate change.
Gov. Scott met with scientists in 2014 but said little about climate change.

Gov. Rick Scott’s whirlwind of business meetings on his latest corporate recruiting trip to California brought a sharp response Monday from that state’s Democratic governor, Jerry Brown.

Brown sent Scott a letter — and a report on global warming — and urged the Republican chief executive to “stop the silly political stunts and start doing something about climate change.”

The report is by the Risky Business Project, a nonpartisan climate initiative led by Hank Paulson, Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer, the last a billionaire environmental activist who helped finance an effort opposing Scott in his 2014 re-election.

The report says Florida could face devastating economic losses to sea level rise and extreme weather events linked to global warming. Scott hasn’t addressed such risks as governor and famously dismissed questions about whether he thought global warming was real with the statement, “I’m not a scientist.”

Brown concluded his letter, saying “So while you’re enjoying a stroll on one of California’s beautiful beaches this week, don’t stick your head in the sand. Take a few minutes to read the rest of this report. There’s no time to waste.”

Scott running radio spots in advance of California trip

Florida Gov. Rick Scott
Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott is laying down some air cover with radio spots in advance of his corporate hunting trip to California next month.

The ads in San Francisco and Los Angeles warn of the Golden State losing 700,000 jobs because of Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown agreeing to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15-an-hour by 2022.

Using the classic ad scene of two women talking, the spot notes the minimum wage hike “hurts the same people it was supposed to help” and concludes that California, “is beautiful, but you just can’t afford to live here.”

Before last year’s recruitment trip to California — which was aimed at luring port traffic — Scott accused Brown of running a “tax and spend administration.”