There are several ways to deal with a problem. You can confront the problem and solve it. Or you can take the approach that Rick Scott’s Florida is doing: dunking your head in the sand and hoping you don’t drown, since Miami’s right there on the coast and will be one of the first cities in the country to go.
Administrators who work for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection report that they’ve been banned from using the terms “climate change,” “global warming,” or “sustainability” in any state document and in meetings, on orders handed down from Scott’s administration.
Well, it’s nice to see the Republicans come out and admit that global warming is a problem.
The DEP staffers told the Miami Herald that they’re not allowed to use any terms that aren’t deemed “a true fact” by the higher ups in the state government. Which is a very interesting and Orwellian way to run from a problem. I seem to recall the Kamikaze Caucus pulling a similar stunt on the Pentagon and the other defense agencies.
Christopher Byrd, a former attorney with the DEP’s Office of General Counsel until 2013, said that “We were told not to use the terms ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming’ or ‘sustainability.’ That message was communicated to me and my colleagues by our superiors in the Office of General Counsel.”
Former DEP employee Kristina Trotta explained that “We were told that we were not allowed to discuss anything that was not a true fact.”
Byrd said that it’s more than what words they should and should not use:
It’s an indication that the political leadership in the state of Florida is not willing to address these issues and face the music when it comes to the challenges that climate change present,
Scott, of course, has steadfastly denied reality, and the administration denies the existence of the unwritten policy. DEP employees disagree. According to one frustrated staffer, “We were dealing with the effects and economic impact of climate change, and yet we can’t reference it.”
Looks like Gore picked a really prophetic title for his movie, huh? After all, if it weren’t a truth or inconvenient, the Republicans wouldn’t feel the need to go so far as to ban state and federal employees from mentioning it, would they?