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Climate change activists to deliver ‘science lesson’ to Ross Spano

The groups are calling Spano out as a climate change denier.

Several grassroots organizations and concerned constituents plan to bombard Congressman Ross Spano over his recent statements denying the severity of climate change. 

Voters from Spano’s Congressional District 15, the group TB Climate Action, Extinction Rebellion, the Hillsborough County Democratic Environmental Caucus, Indivisible East Hillsborough and the Tampa Bay Sierra Club are planning to deliver climate change textbooks to Spano’s district office in an effort to educate him on the issue. 

The event is at 10 a.m. Monday at Spano’s Brandon office located at 10101 Bloomingdale Avenue. 

Last weekend Spano appeared on WFLA’s Politics on Your Side in an interview with host Evan Donovan in which he blatantly denied that climate change was manmade.

Pressed further on the issue, Spano rejected consensus from 98 percent of climate scientists that the issue is the result of human interference and is a serious health, economic and environmental issue.

Spano compared today’s climate science to the barbaric practice of “bloodletting,” implying that scientists of the future might change their minds.

He further made reference to a non-existent Time Magazine cover that made reference in the late 1970s to a coming ice age. That cover never existed, but a doctored magazine cover made its rounds on the internet after being shared by conservative celebrity and musician Ted Nugent

“The Congressman is apparently in need of a science lesson following his off-the-rails interview last weekend,” a press release announcing the event read. 

Since his interview, Spano has faced a barrage of criticism from climate activists and elected Democrats including Rep. Adam Hattersley who is running against Spano for his Congressional seat. 

Congresswoman Kathy Castor last week posted a Twitter storm of complaints against Spano’s comments as well as links to several resources documenting the threat of climate change. 

This is another in a line of issues plaguing Spano’s campaign. He’s also facing criticism over illegal campaign contributions in his 2018 election in which he used personal loans from friends to infuse cash into his campaign. Spano has since admitted the loans were in violation of campaign finance law. 

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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