Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Florida's 'environmental disaster' Gov. Rick Scott awarded for environmentalism

Posted By on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 3:34 PM

  • Photo via Eye on Miami
No, it’s not opposite day, and yes, you read that right.

Gov. Rick Scott, the same governor who banned the word climate change in state offices and who was called an environmental disaster by the Tampa Bay Times, is being awarded for his conservation work by the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.

The foundation's chairman and Miami developer Rodney Barreto said in a press release that Scott has been “instrumental in helping develop a strong connection between fish and wildlife conservation and traditional outdoor activities like hunting and especially fishing," the Tampa Bay Times reports. Continuing on this bizarre train of thought, Barreto also said first lady Ann Scott "is an outdoors enthusiast in her own right, dedicated to getting our kids outdoors. Together they provide leadership for effective conservation and youth engagement in Florida."

Earlier this month, we reported on the insane drop in environmental regulation enforcement under the governor. In 2010, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection pursued 1,587 cases, but dropped to 1,147 in 2011, the year Scott took office. In 2014, the number of cases was down to a measly 234. 

"It's laughable," said Alan Farago, president of Friends of Everglades to the Miami New Times. "In terms of the environment, I think he's the worst governor in modern Florida history."

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