Does the head of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection have a sense of irony?
According to the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, DEP employees have been forbidden to use the terms "climate change," "global warming," and "sustainability" in meetings, reports, and communiqués.
When did this all begin? After Rick Scott became governor and appointed Herschel Vinyard as department head.
Maybe Scott and/or Vinyard have tuned in too often to Fox News, which has regularly questioned global warming, or at least its connection with human activity.
When asked his opinion of the topic in 2014, Scott picked up a pat phrase used by a number of Republicans in stating that he "was not a scientist."
Scott's office denied any official action to curtail discussion of the term "climate change" by DEP employees. But strangely enough, the various terms have not surfaced in formal reports issued by the DEP since 2009.
Apparently, we can all sleep more soundly knowing that climate change will have no influence on Florida's waters, beaches, crops, and lifestyle.