Though Miami, Florida was named one of the cities most vulnerable to damage from rising sea levels by the National Climate Assessment, officials tasked with preparing Florida to respond to the earth’s changing climate are barred from using the terms “global warming” and “climate change” in official communications, emails, and reports. “We were told that we were not allowed to discuss anything that was not a true fact,” said Kristina Trotta, a former Florida Department of Environmental Protection employee. These orders come from the state’s governor, Republican Rick Scott, who has a history of downplaying the issue of climate change. Case in point: when asked by the Tampa Bay Times in 2010 whether he believed in climate change, Scott simply replied, “No.” The policy barring officials from using the aforementioned terms reportedly went into effect after Scott took office in 2011.
Contributor: Phoebe Roe