Yet another Republican-dominated state has banned state officials from mentioning climate change. This is rather strange behavior from a party that doesn’t believe climate change is real.
Wisconsin is the latest state to fall under the heel of the Conservative Language Police, with a vote yesterday that blocks public employees for a land trust “from engaging in global warming or climate change work while on BCPL time.”
This wasn’t something that was done on the fly, though; a lot of thought and discussion went into this: a whole 19 minutes and 29 seconds, in fact. That’s more time than conservatives would give a ten-year-old in Florida who was speaking about gay rights, so you know this was a big deal.
The move to ban an issue leaves staff at the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands in the unusual position of not being able to speak about how climate change might affect lands it oversees…
The Midwest warmed about 1.5F on average from 1895 to 2012. Pine, maple, birch, spruce, fir, aspen, and beech forests, which are common in the region, are likely to decline as the century progresses, according to the latest US National Climate Assessment.
The three-person commission that oversees the public land trust voted 2-1 in favor of the movement to block public employees from mentioning those dreaded words, “global warming” or “climate change.”
According to Mother Jones:
The ban was proposed by newly elected State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk, a Republican who ran on the unusual campaign promise to swiftly eliminate his own job. At a public meeting on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg, Adamczyk said he was disturbed to learn that the agency’s director, Tia Nelson, had spent some time co-chairing a global warming task force in 2007-08 at the request of former governor Jim Doyle (D). Dealing with climate issues—even responding to emails on the subject—isn’t in the agency’s wheelhouse, he said. Adamczyk didn’t immediately return our request for comment.
Adamcyzk was joined by State Attorney General Brad Schimel (R), who is overseeing Governor Scott Walker’s lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency regarding Obama’s new climate regulations. So you can rest assured, fine citizens of Wisconsin, this vote is not a vote driven by hidden political motivations — mostly because the committee apparently didn’t feel the need to hide them.
The ban was opposed by the sole Democrat, Secretary of State Bob La Follette.
[h/t Mother Jones]