Ron DeSantis questions protesting ‘global warming’ during ‘a blizzard’
Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s fall banquet. Photo via AP.

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Climate change continues to pop up during this campaign.

Ron DeSantis is continuing to rip protesters who have charged him with being funded by oil companies, questioning their timing during remarks Saturday in Iowa.

“We were doing stuff the other day and we have these young people, I think they’re from like Seattle or some, I don’t think they’re from Iowa, but they’re protesting and screaming and trying to rush the stage,” DeSantis said.

“I was on Fox News during a town hall on Tuesday and they rushed, tried to rush me, they tried to rush me the next day and it’s all about, you know, kind of the global warming and attacking me saying, you know, you know, oil is bad, all this stuff. And I’m just thinking to myself, I’m like, you know, you know, you shouldn’t be behaving like that, first of all, but second of all, you know, if you are going to come out and try to protest global warming, you may not want to try to do that in the middle of a blizzard.”

The Governor made the comments in Council Bluffs at an event put on by the Never Back Down super PAC. They aren’t his first comments about global warming or climate change, of course.

DeSantis previously told Iowans that the military’s focus on “global warming” is a reason recruiting has fallen off, and he vows to “eliminate” such “distractions” if elected President.

“And it pains me when we see revered institutions like our very own military become more concerned with matters that are not central to the mission, whether it’s global warming or gender ideology or pronouns, morale is declining, and recruiting is suffering. We need to eliminate these distractions, and we need to get focused on the core mission at hand,” DeSantis said in May.

Meanwhile, he’s taken a number of positions on climate change and global warming.

In December, he told an Iowa reporter that human activities are a factor in the changing climate. Yet back in 2019, the newly-inaugurated DeSantis dodged a question about whether he agreed with many scientists “that humans cause climate change” by simply calling out for the “next question” at a gaggle.

During a debate back in August, co-host Martha MacCallum of Fox News called for a show of hands from candidates who think Earth’s rising tides and record heat waves are human-made.

DeSantis rejected MacCallum’s request before any candidate hoisted their arm, explaining that he and his candidates are “not schoolchildren” and should “have the debate” on the subject.

“I don’t think that’s the way to do it,” he said of Martha’s phrasing, before pivoting to an attack on President Joe Biden’s response to the deadly fires in Maui and touting his own action following Hurricane Ian’s devastation of Southwest Florida last year.

DeSantis stuck to his guns in the wake of President Joe Biden claiming that Hurricane Idalia’s impacts were exacerbated by climate change this year as well.

“I studied history and they act like this is somehow unprecedented,” DeSantis said during a Fox News interview. “It’s not.”

“This area, the Big Bend, got hit by a storm, almost the exact same track in 1896 that had 125-mile-per-hour winds. So the idea that we’ve not had powerful storms until recently, that’s just not factually true. And so when they, that’s the first thing they want to say, you have to ask, why are they trying to politicize the weather?”

DeSantis groused about “politicizing the weather” during a state press conference shortly before the TV hit. He condemned “people trying to take what’s happened with different types of storms and use that as a pretext to advance their agenda on the backs of people that are suffering and that’s wrong and we’re not going to do that in the state of Florida.”

Thus far, he’s dealt with protesters twice, including once after the Fox News event.

In Ames on Thursday, DeSantis was accused of taking money from the fossil fuel industry.

“This is wrong with the college system right there. That’s exhibit A,” DeSantis said. “He was stumbling around to get his flag out. He telegraphed that a mile away.”

On Fox Tuesday, he dealt with what appeared to be a few people chanting “no oil money” during a town hall characterized otherwise by friendly questions and few moments where the Republican presidential hopeful was challenged off script.

“You live and you learn with these people,” DeSantis quipped as they were ushered away. “Well, you guys. That was a mistake. You didn’t get that one right.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


21 comments

  • PeterH

    January 13, 2024 at 1:28 pm

    First DeSantis is an epidemiologist……now he’s a meteorologist and environmentalist!

    He might have had a chance if he simply shut his mouth and didn’t preach stupidity!

    • Rebekah Jones

      January 13, 2024 at 2:23 pm

      Whatever happened to the “fake scientist” that was a media favorite during the covid era? You know the one that has an arrest record and a taste for FSU males. Where is that “fake scientist” now. Boy CNN and MSNBC dropped her like a lead weight when they learned she was certifiable crazy.

      • My Take

        January 13, 2024 at 5:11 pm

        We’ve got kook Laquacko now.

      • Jonesisahero

        January 13, 2024 at 6:35 pm

        Are you referring to the dashboard specialist that was documenting deaths caused by the inept Gov Desantis’ inability to decipher health department data and science?
        Well the vindictive governor violated HIPPA and disclosed Ms Jones health care. Then he fired her because she wouldn’t modify the numbers for the good governor’s false narrative. Then when she continued to speak to the media, torture boy Ron D, who never backs down, had her swatted, with her children in house.
        So that’s the facts Jack..or if you’re going by your fantasy name because you’re a CD, Rebekah.

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          January 14, 2024 at 6:54 am

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    • Cynthia Meuleners

      January 15, 2024 at 3:46 pm

      I agree 💯 he just keeps circling around all the questions he can’t deal with. He’s a very weak person.

  • Josh Green

    January 13, 2024 at 1:43 pm

    You’d think a Harvard grad would be intelligent enough to understand the difference between “weather” & “climate”.

    • My Take

      January 13, 2024 at 5:13 pm

      And getting cold at midlatitudes in winter is no surprise.

    • Trump’s Howler 🙈

      January 14, 2024 at 6:54 am

      I wouldn’t think that at all. Harvard, indeed.

  • ScienceBLVR

    January 13, 2024 at 3:05 pm

    Exactly! Of course he understands, but he only plays to the base. I remember taking a class in the early 1980’s, geology,, weather & climate. It’s the basic water cycle, and the premise was, once the polar icecaps start to melt so rapidly they can’t refreeze, well, it’s all downhill from there.
    Polar warming = Evaporation, condensation, precipitation = stormy weather

  • MH/Duuuval

    January 13, 2024 at 5:46 pm

    The brass at the Pentagon has sometimes taken the lead in propounding climate change, or global warming, because as the sea levels arise our naval bases on the coasts are jeopardized. Examples are Mayport NS in Northeast Florida or the base complex in Norfolk, etc., which are also targets for hurricanes.

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