Shortly after Gov. Rick Scott declared that all nursing homes throughout the state were to have back up generators and four days of fuel within 60 days, Sen. Bill Nelson criticized Scott over the 8 deaths that occurred at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida just days after Hurricane Irma made landfall.
“Eight people died in a nursing home right across the street from a major hospital in Hollywood, Florida…Eight frail, elderly (people) from ages 70 to 99. Eight needless deaths.”
Nelson is right. It is “inexcusable that eight frail elderly people” died of heat exposure in their respective rooms, but to try to cast blame on Scott for the deaths is a bit of a stretch.
Unfortunately, this is how American politics has been framed.
Nelson then doubled-down on his assertion that Hurricane Irma was caused by global warming, or climate change, disagreeing with Scott’s recent statement that climate change was a failing occurrence.
“Clearly the environment changes all the time, and whether that’s cycles we’re going through or whether that’s man-made, I couldn’t tell you which one it is.”-Gov. Rick Scott (Source)
Nelson on the correlation between Hurricane Irma and climate change:
“Hurricane Irma is just another reminder that we are going to confront huge natural occurrences and maybe just maybe people will relate that there is something to the fact that the earth is getting hotter.”