Don’t Say ‘Climate Change’ in Florida

Don't Say 'Climate Change' in Florida

Florida officials have a strategy for fighting climate change: don’t talk about it. Employees at the state’s Department of Environmental Protection were warned not to used the terms “climate change” or “global warming” after Republican Governor Rick Scott took office in 2011. That won’t stop the warming world’s rising seas from swallowing Miami, but mum’s the word until Mr. Scott leaves office.


“In Florida, officials ban term ‘climate change,” Tristram Korten, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting via Miami Herald

“Florida’s authorities want to wish climate change away,” Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz

“What Voldemort and Climate Change Have in Common,” Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard

“13 Terms Florida’s Department Of Environmental Protection Can Use Instead Of ‘Climate Change,'” Nate Dern, Funny or Die

“Florida’s anti-climate crusade is an Orwellian nightmare,” Lindsay Abrams, Salon

“Miami Beach Official Blasts Florida’s Inaction On Climate Change,” Caitlin MacNeal, TPM Livewire


“Rick Scott won’t say if he thinks man-made climate-change is real, significant,” Marc A. Caputo, Miami Herald

“Feeling the Heat in Florida: Global Warming on the Local Level,” Natural Resources Defense Council

“Florida and the Surging Sea: A Vulnerability Assessment, with Projections for Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flood Risk,” Climate Central


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Image (“Florida Tourism”) by Mike Licht (with apologies to U of AZ DGESL) . Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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