Click here for the 2020 Best of Orlando® Readers Poll ballot!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Former Florida DEP employees say they were told not to use terms "climate change" or "global warming"

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 11:08 AM

click to enlarge scientist.jpg

In Sunday's Miami Herald, a story from the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting contains some distressingly revealing information from former employees of the state's Department of Environmental Protection. According to former DEP volunteers and officials, including one attorney, employees of the department were cautioned not to use the terms "climate change," "sustainability" or "global warming" in emails, reports or official communications. 

The unwritten policy, they say, went into effect in 2011, shortly after Gov. Rick Scott – who is not a scientist, in case you had not heard – took office. 



“We were told that we were not allowed to discuss anything that was not a true fact,” one former staffer is quoted as saying in the story. And it's no secret that Scott does not believe that climate change – or that humans have any influence on it – is a fact. 

When questioned by the Center for Investigative Reporting on the ban of these terms, the DEP insisted that it didn't have a policy on the topic. But as we already know from looking into other areas of Scott's administration, not keeping records about important communications, decisions and policies is part of how it does business. 

What you don't know can't hurt you, right? 

Tags: , , ,

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 3, 2020

View more issues

Calendar

© 2020 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation