‘Children’ sue Fla. Gov. Rick Scott for failure to stop oceans from rising

‘Children’ sue Fla. Gov. Rick Scott for failure to stop oceans from rising
Gov. Rick Scott (Image: YouTube screen grab)

It sounds like someone has a God complex, if by proxy. A group of “young people” ranging in age from 10 to 20 have filed a lawsuit against Florida Gov. Rick Scott for not doing enough to stop the alleged rise of oceans due to climate change.

The Hill reports:

The group of eight young Florida residents — represented by Oregon-based Our Children’s Trust — sued Scott to demand that the state begin working on a court-ordered, science-based “Climate Recovery Plan,” the Miami Herald reported.

The group … is alleging Scott is not taking steps to combat climate change.

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The suit says Scott and his administration have not passed any legislation meant to measure or curb carbon emissions. It also accuses the Florida governor and his administration of not doing anything regarding the threat of rising seas on the coasts.

“Gov. Scott says he’s not a scientist,” said Delaney Reynolds, an 18-year-old who attends University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. “Well, neither are most of the people that are forced to take action because the state is failing us.”

Spokesman McKinley Lewis, however, defended Scott’s actions:

The Governor signed one of the largest environmental protection budgets in Florida’s history last month – investing $4 billion into Florida’s environment. The Governor is focused on real solutions to protect our environment – not political theater or a lawsuit orchestrated by a group based in Eugene, Oregon.

But there’s another aspect of the story that makes it even more ridiculous. That is the claim that is the action against the governor is being brought by children. Our Children’s Trust is run by adults who find it non-problematic using kids as shills. See how many children’s faces you can find in the head shots of the group’s team.

Andrea Rodgers, senior attorney for the movement, brazenly admits, “We want these stories in the courtroom, because once that happens the law is on our side.”

One Twitter user offered up this dose of reality:

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