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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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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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