Tampa, FL - On Friday morning, Governor Scott visited Tampa while campaigning for his Senate run. Food & Water Action organizers attended the event to confront Governor Scott over his push to deregulate Florida’s environmental and water protections over the last several years. This summer’s algae blooms demonstrate, despite Scott’s claims to be an environmental champion, that the environmental rollbacks he has led over the last several years have been detrimental to our water quality.
Food & Water Action organizer, Brooke Errett, approached the Governor and asked him about the water protections he has rolled back. Governor Scott cut her off and brushed her aside, clearly not willing to have a conversation.
Here’s a video of the interaction: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18ZffgENwCwOi7dkaLLNe_x4RBhk5as_O/view?u...
When confronted over his mass deregulation of water protections, Gov Scott says, “We’ve done a great job.”
“We’ve done a great job” is a preposterous answer considering Florida is in the midst of yet another summer plagued by a toxic algae crisis that has already cost business owners $90 million dollars due to the loss of tourism revenue and killed thousands of marine animals. By dodging interactions with concerned citizens, keeping his schedule out of the public eye, and by completely dismissing these questions when they’re asked, it’s clear that Scott is unwilling to have meaningful conversations about our state’s water woes. This isn’t surprising, and it’s clear to see how Scott’s actions to deregulate agribusiness runoff, defund the Department of Environmental Protection and water management districts, and appoint lawyers and business executives to water and environment boards that should be filled with scientists, have greatly exacerbated the toxic algae blooms. As Governor, Scott had the power to clean up our waterways and fix this problem but he didn’t do that, and now he doesn’t want to answer for it.