Orwell Update: Florida Governor Denies Banning “Climate Change”

March 10, 2015

Fastest warming region on the planet – the hot seat for climate denying politicians.

Miami Herald:

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday denied that administrators in his Department of Environmental Protection were banned from using the terms “global warming” or “climate change.”

“It’s not true,” Scott told reporters in Hialeah.

The Miami Herald published a widely read 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 said no such policy existed.

When pressed Monday, Scott maintained that position but did not go into any specifics. He would not say whether the department considers global warming to be real, whether it’s preparing for it or whether he thinks it’s a problem.

Instead, the Republican governor talked about his administration’s work on the environment, without directly addressing which projects might have been needed to deal with climate change.

“I’m into solutions, and that’s what we’re going to continue to do,” he added.

Asked three more times about the issue, he repeated essentially the same answer.


Regardless of whether an overt gag order was issued or not, the state’s attitude about the seriousness of global warming changed under Scott. The year before he was elected, the Florida Oceans and Coastal Council’s Annual Research Plan referenced climate change 15 times and had a section labelled “Climate Change.” Last year, however, the plan had only one mention of “climate change” that “must have slipped by the censors,” sources told the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

11 Responses to “Orwell Update: Florida Governor Denies Banning “Climate Change””

  1. Gingerbaker Says:

    That’s the “Before” picture. The “After” picture can be seen on any episode of The Walking Dead.

    He wants to eat your brain, because it appears that, sadly, his is broken.

  2. peterangelo Says:

    his use of the “i’m into solutions” is problematic for climate change researchers. Here is what I would I would say in Rebuttal: “Without proper attriubution of the problems’ cause there are no solutions” anyonme else?

    • ubrew12 Says:

      With something like Climate Change, it is the JOB of policymakers to identify problems. And the JOB of engineers and inventors to identify solutions.

  3. dumboldguy Says:

    Great lead photo—-must have been taken by the same guy that took the photos of Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin and other Repugnants.of renown.

    You can recognize his work because of the special filters he uses that make it possible to look in their eyes and see all the way through their empty heads to the back of their skulls. Scott’s brain isn’t “broken”, GB—-it’s missing.

    (And this guys’ photos of Frosty the Senator Inhofe show a head full of snow)

  4. andrewfez Says:

    =“I’m into solutions, and that’s what we’re going to continue to do,” he added.=

    Like adding offshore wind, and constructing low energy buildings?

  5. That picture looks just like the Christopher Lloyd character in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” when he comes out as a toon … coincidence? I think not!

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  7. Daniel Fox Says:

    The picture is obviously Batboy from the Weekly World News.

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