If you read this headline, then had to make sure that you weren’t reading something from The Onion, I wouldn’t have blamed you. Republican antics have reached such ridiculous levels that nowadays it’s becoming increasingly difficult to tell whether something is satire, or if it’s something that someone on the right side of the aisle actually said or did.
It seems that in Florida, a state that’s easily one of the most at-risk if our seas rise due to climate change, Governor Rick Scott has forbidden state officials from using the terms “climate change” or “global warming.”
“We were told not to use the terms ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming’ or ‘sustainability,'” Christopher Byrd, who served as an attorney for the Department of Environmental Protection from 2008 to 2013, told FCIR. “That message was communicated to me and my colleagues by our superiors in the Office of General Counsel.”
Another individual who worked for DEP said they “were not allowed to discuss anything that was not a true fact.”
Yes, this is something that’s actually happening. People who are working, or have worked, for the Department of Environmental Protection in Florida have been instructed to not use two terms that are used by environmental scientists to describe something that 97 percent of the experts who study climate say is a fact.
It’s absolutely absurd.
Even worse, Florida is one of the states that stands to suffer the most if our polar ice caps continue to melt, causing seas to rise several feet. Being that most of the state’s population resides in costal cities, and those cities would no longer exist if the oceans rise even a couple of feet, to say that Florida’s future is bleak if we don’t do something to try to reverse the effects of climate change would be an understatement.
This whole thing reminded me of an incident that happened a couple of years ago when former Texas Governor Rick Perry censored a report on climate change because it didn’t fall in line with the right-wing propaganda that “climate change is a hoax.”
Many Republicans are literally ignoring overwhelmingly accepted scientific facts because they don’t support what they want to be real and what these big oil companies are essentially paying them to say.
Then there are always the fools who believe that God controls the weather, therefore climate change can’t possibly be caused by humans. Though I always like to ask those people, if God controls the weather, then why can science be used to predict it and why do our seasons never change?
The real danger behind these people who deny climate change is that their ignorance affects all of us. Their stupidity wouldn’t be that big of a deal if climate change just ruined life on this planet for them. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. If we don’t start taking some drastic steps to reverse the damaging impact humans have had and continue to have on this planet, it’s not a matter of if this planet will one day be uninhabitable for humans, but when.
But we’ll never be able to make those strides toward saving this planet as long as ignorance like we’re seeing in Florida continues to dominate one of our nation’s largest political parties.