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‘Climate change’ kerfuffle results in secret settlement with DEP

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The state’s Department of Environmental Protection and its employee who said he was punished for using the term “climate change” earlier this year quietly worked out a “separation settlement agreement” in May. The agreement was provided to FloridaPolitics.com on Monday after a public-record request to the department. Mainly, both sides agreed not to sue each other or file grievances over any issue related to Bart Bibler‘s leaving state employment. Bibler could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon. The settlement also bars Bibler, a DEP land…

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Consumers for Smart Solar posts blockbuster $460K in first month fundraising

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In the race to expand solar energy in Florida, one side is opening strong by posting blockbuster first-month fundraising numbers, which they credit to a campaign of transparency and diversity. Consumers for Smart Solar, the group behind a proposed solar amendment for the 2016 Florida ballot, announced Monday it raised more than $463,000 in its first month. The group collected $463,045 in July, far outpacing that of rival organization Floridians for Solar Choice. To get an idea of the groundswell of support for Smart…

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Group hopes petitions will expose whether ‘climate change’ gag order existed

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A public records request or an investigation by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection should reveal whether a policy banning use of terms related to climate change exists, climate activists said Friday. A Florida Center for Investigative Journalism earlier this month reported there was an unwritten policy at DEP banning terms such as “climate change” and “sea level rise.” Gov. Rick Scott and DEP have denied there was such a policy. On Friday, about 10 college students protesting with duct…

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Climate activists to present records request, petitions to Gov. Scott

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Climate change activists say they will submit a public records request and petition to Gov. Rick Scott on Friday following reports that state workers were told not to discuss climate change. The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting earlier this month reported that there was an unwritten policy at Florida Department of Environmental Protection banning workers from discussing climate change and global warming. Scott and a Florida Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman denied there was such a policy. On Friday, Florida State University…

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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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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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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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