Florida Environment Officials Barred From Using Terms 'Climate Change', 'Global Warming'

March 9, 2015 7:46 AM

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Florida Environment Officials Barred From Using Terms 'Climate Change', 'Global Warming'

Officials at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in Florida, the coastal U.S. state that is the most vulnerable to effects of anthropogenic climate change, were barred from using the words “climate change” and “global warming” in official communications and emails, according to a report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR). The “unwritten” policy has allegedly been in place since 2011, when Rick Scott, a Republican, took office as the governor of the state.

“We were told not to use the terms ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming’ or ‘sustainability,’” Christopher Byrd, a former attorney with DEP’s Office of General Counsel in Tallahassee from 2008 to 2013, told FCIR. “That message was communicated to me and my colleagues by our superiors in the Office of G...

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