Senate Dem: Rejecting climate change is 'denying reality'

Senate Dem: Rejecting climate change is 'denying reality'
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Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Hillicon Valley: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | Sparks fly at hearing on social media | First House Republican backs net neutrality bill | Meet the DNC's cyber guru | Sinclair defiant after merger setback Senate Dems rip Trump after Putin news conference MORE (D-Fla.) is chiding those who reject the science behind climate change in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Nelson drew a link between climate change and Irma during an interview with Politico on Tuesday, saying global warming played a part in the storm's intensity.

“It’s denying reality,” Nelson said.

“You can call it politics or whatever, but the Earth is getting hotter. This storm is another reminder of what we’re going to have to deal with in the future.”

Nelson also said climate change will be an "important issue" in his reelection campaign.

His comments come after Irma tore through Florida, leaving millions of people without power.

Millions were ordered to evacuate ahead of the storm and Florida opened hundreds of shelters.

Officials are now starting to assess the damage left in Irma's path.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump are expected to travel to Florida Thursday to survey the damage.