New American Bridge video dogs Rick Scott’s environmental record

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As Rick Scott crisscrosses the state on his “Let’s Keep Florida Beautiful” tour, a new video from American Bridge 21st Century dogs the governor over his “sudden interest in environmental protection.”

Scott is traversing the state in an effort to promote a plan to invest $500 million for alternative waters, $500 million for spring restoration projects and protection of the Florida Everglades. He is also calling to stop polluters by way of increased fines from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.

It simply will not work, say the folks at American Bridge.

Scott’s attempt to convince Floridians he is now an environmentalist goes beyond the normal election-year pandering.

“As rising sea levels associated with climate change pose a greater and greater threat to the Florida coastline,” goes a statement released by American Bridge on Thursday. “Rick Scott has only doubled and tripled down on his ‘I’m not a scientist’ buffoonery.”

The ad notes that one does not need to be a scientist to listen to scientific consensus; residents do not need a science-believing governor to suffer from rising sea levels and increased flooding.

“Rick Scott has had four years as governor,” said American Bridge spokesperson Jesse Lehrich. “He’s repeatedly shown that he’s more concerned with protecting special interests than protecting the environment.”

American Bridge 21st Century is a research and communications group based in Washington D.C., formed in November 2010 by conservative-turned-liberal activist David Brock to keep Republicans accountable for their words and actions.

Once a self-described “right-wing hit man,” Brock had transformed into a liberal crusader. In 2004, he launched the liberal Media Matters, a website monitoring the media for “conservative misinformation.”

The video — titled “RIck Scott: The Special Interest Governor” — is now available on YouTube.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.