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John Kerry speaks out on Florida’s ‘climate change’ ban

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Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that elected officials who ban the words “climate change” are unwilling to face the facts, a non-so-subtle dig at Florida Gov. Rick Scott‘s administration. Kerry, a longtime champion of combatting climate change, said the officials were ignoring the scientific facts. “Now folks, we literally do not have the time to waste debating whether we can say ‘climate change,’” Kerry said during a speech at The Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank. “Because no…

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Today on Context Florida: Banned phrases, repeating history, polluted water and high-stakes cheating

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Today on Context Florida: In light of Gov. Rick Scott banning use of the phrases “climate change” and “global warming” by Department of Environmental Protection staff, Daniel Tilson offers a “Top Ten” list of terms not to use in any form if working for the governor. Terms include “Affordable Care Act” (should be…“Obamacare” or “Socialist health care law”), “Voter suppression” (should be …“Fighting voter fraud” or “Election integrity”), “Bad jobs” (should be…“New opportunities” or “Let’s keep working”) and “Middle-class stagnation” (should…

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Florida doctoral student forced to remove ‘climate change’ from paper on climate change

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Gov. Rick Scott is pushing back against a report on Sunday claiming an “unwritten rule” in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) banned the terms “climate change” and “global warming” in official communications. “It’s not true,” Scott said, writes the Miami Herald. “Let’s look at what we’ve accomplished. … Significant investments in beach renourishment … flood mitigation. … I’m into solutions, and that’s what we’re going to continue to do.” But the experience of Elizabeth Radke, as reported in The…

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Rick Scott says climate change gag policy not true, Dems continue to bash

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Gov. Rick Scott is denying there was a policy banning the use of the term climate change at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as Democrats Tuesday continued to hammer him on the issue. Over the weekend, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting reported there was an unwritten policy “distributed verbally statewide” at DEP banning the terms climate change or global warming. The report said four former employees confirmed the existence of the policy. DEP and the governor’s office denied…

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Bill Day’s latest: Rick Scott, ‘climate change’ and the stroke of a pen

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Sometimes circumstances can improve even the best work of art. Such is the case with Bill Day’s latest editorial cartoon, where Gov. Rick Scott wishes for “something green” to disprove what shall not be named – “climate change.” He gets it: a bag of corporate money. But that’s not all. According to the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, the governor refused to have the phrase “climate change” or “global warming” to be officially associated with the Sunshine State. Therefore, in…

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Earthjustice, Florida Dems slam Rick Scott over ‘ban’ on ‘climate change’

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Democrats and some environmentalists blasted Gov. Rick Scott on Monday after a weekend news report that Florida Department of Environmental Protection employees had been banned from using the term climate change or global warming after he took office in 2011. The report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting appeared in the Tampa Bay Times and was referenced in The Washington Post and The Atlantic. The report said the  policy was unwritten but was “distributed verbally statewide” through the department of 3,200 employees. The report said four…

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Good read from Politico — Jeb in the ‘glades

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Amid a great deal of noise currently being made about the environment in Florida – from Amendment 1’s sweeping mandates on land and water preservation funding to reports that Gov. Rick Scott has outlawed any official discussion about climate change — one player not getting much burn in that arena these days is Jeb Bush. That’s strange, writes Michael Grunwald in POLITICO, because it was under Governor Bush that Florida took on the largest-scale conservation effort in American history, in South Florida’s Everglades. Wetlands were…

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