Florida Governor Bans Terms “Climate Change” and “Global Warming”

The mouth of the Miami River runs out to Biscayne Bay as it exits downtown Miami. Southeastern Florida is especially vulnerable to sea-level rise. (PHOTO CREDIT: Allison Diaz, for USA TODAY)
The mouth of the Miami River runs out to Biscayne Bay as it exits downtown Miami. Southeastern Florida is especially vulnerable to sea-level rise. (PHOTO CREDIT: Allison Diaz, for USA TODAY)

If Florida Gov. Rick Scott didn’t want the terms “climate change” or “global warming” officially associated with his state, he won’t be happy with the media attention his decision has sparked.

Scott, a Republican, banned the use of those terms in state communications and publications shortly after he took office in 2011, according to a Miami Herald story Sunday by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

Though it was not a written rule, “we were told not to use the terms ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming’ or ‘sustainability,’ ” Christopher Byrd, a former attorney with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Office of General Counsel told the investigative reporting center. “That message was communicated to me and my colleagues by our superiors,” said Boyd, who held that post from 2008 to 2013.

When reached for comment about the supposed ban on the terms, Gov. Scott’s spokesperson John Tupps said “it’s not true.” Tupps said that neither the governor’s office nor the DEP had a policy on the use of the terms.

In Florida, about 300,000 houses worth about a total of $145 billion are vulnerable to a rise in the sea level caused by climate change, according to Climate Central. a nonprofit news organization that analyzes and reports on climate science.

Sea-level rise was another term that Scott prohibited, saying it should be called “nuisance flooding,” the newspaper said.

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2015/03/09/florida-governor-climate-change-global-warming/24660287/

SOURCE: USA Today, Doyle Rice

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