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State Employees Come Forward To Discuss Florida's Ban On Climate Change

If you thought all of the United States was on the climate change and global warming bandwagon, think again. In fact, there seems to be an unwritten policy in Florida under Gov. Rick Scott (R).

This unwritten policy is a ban on using the words "climate change" and "global warming."

To date, four former DEP officials have come forward regarding this policy. One employee is Bill Taylor who was a manager at the Florida Department of Transportation's office in Fort Lauderdale. He said at a meeting in 2012 or 2013, "it was mentioned very casually that in our future dealings with the public, we were not to use the terms ‘climate change’ or ‘global warming.’ But it was OK to talk about sea-level rise, because for some projects that had to be taken into consideration.”

A former employee at the South Florida Water Management District said, “It was widely known that you couldn't put those words into a report. They just wouldn't make it through the editing process."

Even a Florida scientist who co-authored a study about how climate change affects a specific marine-borne illness said that the state Department of Health told her to remove every mention of "climate change" from her paper. Scott and several Florida officials have denied that there is any truth to this so-called unwritten policy.

Even though Florida is at risk of losing its coastal communities due to rising sea levels, Scott has been an outspoken critic of global warming. In 2010, the Tampa Bay Times asked Scott whether or not he believed in climate change and he responded, "No."

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