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Florida Gov. Rick Scott huddles with climate scientists

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After catching heat on the campaign trail for avoiding questions about his stance on climate change, Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott met with climate scientists to learn why the planet is warming.

Scott sat with five climate scientists from Florida universities for a half hour as reporters watched, though Scott didn't answer questions, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Scott has been a target of ads from billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer's NextGen Climate Action PAC for comments the incumbent governor has made about climate change. He is running for re-election against former Gov. Charlie Crist, who is on the ticket as a Democrat after serving from 2007 to 2011 as a Republican.

Scott said in 2010 that he was skeptical of the scientific consensus that humans are driving climate change largely by burning greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels that are warming the earth. Recently, he has dodged questions about his opinion on climate change because he's "not a scientist."

The scientists described to him how sea level rise caused by global warming would put South Florida's coastline at risk, and showed Scott "multiple datasets showing human activities have changed the composition of the atmosphere since the pre-Industrial Revolution era," according to the newspaper.

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