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Scott Denial Of “Climate Change” Ban Comes As No Surprise To Former DEP Worker

Gov. Rick Scott highlights his environmental spending proposals at Audubon's Center for Birds of Prey. Photo by Amy Green

Governor Rick Scott’s denial that he banned phrases like “climate change” from reports and speeches is no surprise to one former employee of the Department of Environmental Protection.

Chris Byrd now works as an environmental attorney in Orlando. He says he hopes the scrutiny forces the administration to re-examine climate change in Florida.

“The people of the state of Florida deserve a state government that is rooted in science and has a Department of Environmental Protection that is not censored from using certain words and can address the real time environmental issues that Florida faces today.”

The governor’s position on climate change is vague. He’s said he’s quote, “not a scientist.”

Byrd says DEP employees were told verbally to avoid using phrases like “global warming.”

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Amy Green

About Amy Green

Reporter and Producer

Amy Green covers the environment and climate change at WMFE News. She is an award-winning journalist and author whose extensive reporting on the Everglades is featured in the book MOVING WATER, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and podcast DRAINED, available wherever you get your podcasts. Amy’s ... Read Full Bio »