Sounds like George Orwell’s Newspeak but it is real. In the novel 1984 words like “revolution” or “free” were censored preventing from the flow of ideas among the citizens. Today, into the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) of Florida, one of the most threatened region in the world, exists an unwritten policy that forbids the terms “climate change” or “global warming” in any government communications.
The report, published in the Miami Herald, was supported by the testimony of numerous former employees and emails from around the State. This unwritten policy went into effect after the Republican Rick Scott became governor 2011; Scott’s reservations on climate change are well known, since in 2011 stated “I’ve not been convinced that there’s any man-made climate change. Nothing’s convinced me that there is“.
The fact that the State’s highest elected office may have reservations about climate change has outraged some local academics. “You have to start real planning, and I’ve seen absolutely none of that from the current governor,” University of Miami geologist Harold Wanless told the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. “It’s beyond ludicrous to deny using the term climate change. It’s criminal at this point.”
Although at least 97% of climate scientists have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening, and reports, such as one last year by the National Climate Assessment, defined South Florida “uniquely vulnerable to Sea Level Rise“. “We’re the canary in the coalmine. And we’re relying on the State government to protect us and to plan for these changes” noted Tristram Korten, writer at Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.