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Bill Nelson takes stand against muzzling scientists on climate change

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U. S. Sen. Bill Nelson is speaking out against policies that would prohibit  government employees from discussing climate change and offered a budget amendment Thursday to prevent federal legislation from doing that. “We have all read news reports at the state level, the local level, maybe even at the federal level,” Nelson said. “Indeed some folks are trying to muzzle scientists from speaking about the science involved in oceans, atmosphere, climate and the weather.” Nelson, a Democrat from Melbourne, was…

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Today on Context Florida: Pet parenting, faculty tenure and 10 commandments of climate change

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Today on Context Florida: It is stupid to equate parenting with pet ownership, says Steven Kurlander, and misguided in terms of how we in American society think about animals and our relationship with them. Pets, and animals too, are not humans, and should not be considered or treated as such. Few hot-button topics are hotter among university faculty than whether tenure is essential to academic freedom and quality teaching, says former University of North Florida educator Dan Dundon. Tenure reform sometimes…

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Today on Context Florida: Kobayashi Maru, people’s will, climate change & bananas and Hispanic entrepreneurs

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Today on Context Florida: Peter Schorsch discusses the Florida Senate race, ‘Star Trek’ and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy. James T. Kirk somehow manages to win the Kobayashi Maru, an unwinnable test. In 2014, a GOP landslide year and in a seat where Republicans outnumbered Democrats, Murphy didn’t squeak out a victory. He kicked the crap out of his opponent, earning nearly 60 percent of the vote. How did Murphy end up trouncing his GOP opponent in a GOP-leaning seat in a…

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DEP employee not reprimanded for saying ‘climate change,’ agency says

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Department of Environmental Protection employee Barton Bibler did not receive a reprimand for violating Gov. Rick Scott’s unofficial prohibition on the term “climate change,” says an agency representative. DEP Communications Director Lauren Engel responded Thursday by maintaining the censure was for “personal political advocacy related to the Keystone XL pipeline.” “As stated in Mr. Bibler’s written reprimand,” Engel said in an email. “He was reprimanded for violating three DEP standards of conduct, including poor performance, insubordination and conduct unbecoming a public…

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Florida, other states must respond to climate change for federal funds, report says

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A national news publication is reporting that a federal agency is making it tougher for governors including Rick Scott of Florida to deny man-made climate change. Early this month, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting said the Florida Department of Environmental Protection under Scott had an unwritten policy against employees discussing climate change and sea level rise. Scott denied there was such a policy. Now Inside Climate News, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for national reporting, says the…

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Rick Scott ‘climate change’ gag order claims first victim, enviro group says

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Gov. Rick Scott’s prohibition on the term “climate change” has now claimed its first casualty, says an environmental responsibility group. On March 9, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) suspended a state employee for speaking about climate change at an official meeting, which made its way into the record of the meeting, according to a complaint filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Barton Bibler, a long-time DEP employee, received a letter of reprimand ordering him to…

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Ted Deutch takes to Twitter to skewer state ‘climate change’ ban

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Congressman Ted Deutch of coastal Boca Raton took to social media Thursday with a pointed message to Gov. Rick Scott amid reports that the governor prohibited any mention of the terms “global warming” or “climate change” in state governmental reports and documents. See the full tweet embedded below: Message for @FLGovScott: #DontCensorScience Retweet or tweet your pic to tell the Guv to stop silencing scientists. pic.twitter.com/8sGdIWyZVn — Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) March 12, 2015 The Natural Resources Defense Council picked up the tweet with…

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