By Elaine Magliaro
A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article about Governor Rick Scott of Florida. It appears that after Scott took office in 2011 officials of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) had “been ordered not to use the terms ‘climate change’ or ‘global warming’ in any official communications, emails, or reports…” That was what the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR) had learned from “former DEP employees, consultants, volunteers and records that it had obtained.”
The Miami Herald reported last Thursday that while Governor Scott’s chief of emergency management, Bryan Koon, was testifying before the Florida legislature, he refused to use the term “climate change.” The Herald reported that “Scott has denied news reports that employees of the Department of Environmental Protection were barred from saying ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming’ and ‘sustainability.'” The paper added that the governor had “declined to discuss the subject in detail.”
Koon was talking to a Senate budget subcommittee about his agency’s request for federal funds to improve emergency life safety notifications for residents and visitors in advance of floods, tornadoes and hurricanes in Florida. Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, asked Koon if it’s true that states need to have “climate change plans” to qualify for that federal money.
Tom Boggioni (Raw Story):
Koon agreed, saying it required “language to that effect.”
“I used ‘climate change,’” Clemens replied, “but I’m suggesting that maybe as a state, we use the term ‘atmospheric reemployment.’ That might be something that the governor could get behind.”
Following Clemens’ sarcastic remark, fellow senators and spectators could be heard laughing. Boggioni noted that Clemens and Koon continued discussing the subject, “with Koon once again avoiding saying ‘climate change,’ stating the state’s mitigation plan required ‘language discussing that issue.’”
Evidently, “language discussing that issue” will not include the term climate change if Scott and his officials can help it.
From Governor Rick Scott’s “You-Can’t-Say-That Land”—Employees of Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection Were “Unofficially Banned” from Using the Terms “Climate Change” and “Global Warming” in Their Official Communications (Flowers for Socrates)