Add “climate change” and “global warming” to terms that can get Florida government officials into hot water, the Miami Herald reports.
At least that’s what former officials of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection say Gov. Rick Scott has set as official state policy. Scott, in an interview with the Miami Herald late Monday afternoon, denied he has forbidden use of the terms. However, he still won’t say whether he thinks climate change is real.
The Herald published a story Sunday by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting citing former DEP officials who said they had been told verbally to avoid the phrases. The department and Scott’s office had said no such policy existed.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state agency on the front lines of studying and planning for such climate-change-related catastrophes as a rising sea-level projected to threaten 30 percent of the state’s beaches over the next 85 years.
DEP officials have been ordered not to use the term “climate change” or “global warming” in any official communications, emails, or reports, according to former DEP employees, consultants, volunteers and records obtained by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.
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