A Little Sunday Night Humor: Florida Lawmaker Mocks Rick Scott Official for Refusing to Use the Term “Climate Change’ While Testifying Before the State Legislature (VIDEO)

Gov. Rick Scott (R-Florida)

Gov. Rick Scott

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.”

Miami Herald:

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.


Awkward: Watch as Florida lawmaker mocks Rick Scott official for refusing to say ‘climate change’ (Raw Story)

In Senate testimony, top Scott adviser won’t say ‘climate change’ (Miami Herald)

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)


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7 Responses to A Little Sunday Night Humor: Florida Lawmaker Mocks Rick Scott Official for Refusing to Use the Term “Climate Change’ While Testifying Before the State Legislature (VIDEO)

  1. po says:

    That’s beautiful, I laughed out loud!

  2. Elaine M. says:

    I’d say the video is proof that the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting was right about certain terms being outlawed by the governor of Florida.

  3. pete says:

    I can only imagine how the people in Miami feel about Rick and his restrictive vocabulary.


    (Just don’t tell the tourists. They may not buy the timeshare.)

  4. I thought some of the committee members were going to need medical assistance before that hearing ended. As for myself, I am glad I had finished my drink before watching.

    “That term you were using…..”


    I am sure the witness didn’t want to be sent to a psychiatric gulag for “re-education.” Even republicans learn quick that telling the truth comes with a price.

  5. Mike Spindell says:

    (Just don’t tell the tourists. They may not buy the timeshare.)

    As fellow Floridians Pete and I get it. We live in a State that has gone through many real estate booms and busts, when it comes to property development. There were areas to the West of me that were little more than swampland when I first moved down here. Today they are overrun with posh developments with houses selling from $500,000 up to $i.5 million. In a State like Florida where capital is king, I bet the “smart money” folks are reaping short term benefits, but their long range financial planning is in other climes.

  6. swarthmoremom says:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/26/katherine-jefferts-schori-climate-change_n_6949532.html “The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church had strong words this week for people who deny climate change based on “political interests” or “willful blindness.”

    “The Judeo-Christian tradition has always called those motivations sinful,” Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori said Tuesday at an event to raise awareness about climate change. “It’s decidedly wrong to use resources that have been given into our collective care in ways that diminish the ability of others to share in abundant life.”

  7. swarthmoremom says:

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/nelson-florida-ban-climate-change “Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) on Thursday introduced an amendment to keep the federal government from prohibiting the use of terms related to climate science, taking a subtle hit at the Florida government’s alleged ban on employees using terms like “climate change.” “

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