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April 2015 Prez Sez

Governor Scott Forbids Use of Climte Change and Global Warming by State Public Servants

So last year, a reporter asked Governor Scott whether man-made climate change "is significantly affecting the weather, the climate." Scott tried to change the subject and replied, "Well, I'm not a scientist."   But he is obviously qualified to forbid the use of the terms “climate change” and “global warming” in speeches and documents by public officials. 

Despite the denials of the policy by the Scott administration, many state employes are speaking out about the prohibition or at least its tacit requirement that the terms not be used. 

In fact, the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility says it’s filed a complaint arguing a state employee was reprimanded for speaking about climate change at an official meeting and keeping notes on the subject in official minutes as reported by the Palm Beach Coast on Mar 15, 2015. According to the article, “The complaint says that on March 9, Barton Bibler, a longtime worker for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, got a letter of reprimand, was ordered to take two days leave and then was told not to return until he had medical clearance of his fitness for duty.”

Florida is probably the most threatened state by human-induced, climate change-caused sea level rise.  What level of head-in-the-sand causes a governor to say he is not a scientist when asked about man-made climate change and yet still forbids state employees from uttering the words in public correspondence or meetings?