Monday, March 9, 2015

In Florida Climate Change a Bad Term...

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If the following report is true, and it likely is, we are seeing the science deniers in the Republican party at work in Florida.

the guardian - ‘Global warming’ and ‘sustainability’ among phrases allegedly barred at state’s Department of Environmental Protection, investigative report finds

Officials with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the agency in charge of setting conservation policy and enforcing environmental laws in the state, issued directives in 2011 barring thousands of employees from using the phrases “climate change” and “global warming”, according to a bombshell report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR).

The report ties the alleged policy, which is described as “unwritten”, to the election of Republican governor Rick Scott and his appointment of a new department director that year. Scott, who was re-elected last November, has declined to say whether he believes in climate change caused by human activity.

“I’m not a scientist,” he said in one appearance last May.


The FCIR report was based on statements by multiple named former employees who worked in different DEP offices around Florida. The instruction not to refer to “climate change” came from agency supervisors as well as lawyers, according to the report.

“We were told not to use the terms ‘climate change’, ‘global warming’ or ‘sustainability’,” the report quotes Christopher Byrd, who was an attorney with the DEP’s Office of General Counsel in Tallahassee from 2008 to 2013, as saying. “That message was communicated to me and my colleagues by our superiors in the Office of General Counsel.”

“We were instructed by our regional administrator that we were no longer allowed to use the terms ‘global warming’ or ‘climate change’ or even ‘sea-level rise’,” said a second former DEP employee, Kristina Trotta. “Sea-level rise was to be referred to as ‘nuisance flooding’.”


Via: Memeorandum


  1. I guess the idea is if you don't say it, it must not be true.

  2. Why not? That party lost the scientist vote decades ago.

  3. This is pretty interesting... the job of this department is to study the effects of something they can't even mention? How is that possible?

    The US Military and an incredible of scientists worldwide all believe, and can prove, that we are in fact experiencing climate change, whether we are allowed to say it or not.

    And yet, the GOP and people like Gov. Scott say we can't even mention the word?

  4. If you disagree with something just ignore it and pretend it doesn't exist. And for you it doesn't. Something or the other about ignorance is bliss; and I suppose that holds true for willful ignorance as well.

  5. Nuisance flooding? Orwell would love it.

  6. An unfortunate irony: Of all 50 states, Florida is most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. All coastal communities, especially Miami and St. Augustine, are subject to flooding due to rising seas levels.

    "Congress shall pass no laws abridging the right of free speech ...," so sayeth the Constitution; but Governor Scott Grifter of the orange concentrate state of Florid-duh is not Congress.


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