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Investigate Climate Censorship in Florida

Apr 25, 2015 11:23PM

Scientists and state employees report that Governor Rick Scott’s office has discouraged them from using the phrases “climate change,” “global warming” and “sustainability” in official communications, including reports about the future of Florida’s coasts.

Florida scientists such as David Hastings, who met with Scott, advised the governor that the state of Florida is one of the most vulnerable states to the impacts of climate change in the U.S. Sea-level rise alone threatens 30 percent of the state’s beaches by 2100. Hastings called the language ban “Orwellian.”

According to a report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, the “unwritten policy” was implemented in 2011 after Scott took office and appointed a new Department of Environmental Protection director.

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