Another state bans agency from discussing climate change

If your mind is not boggled, there is something seriously wrong with you, I think.


This story is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

The climate change language police just struck again.

Last month, it was in Florida, where former staffers with the state’s Department of Environmental Protection alleged that senior officials, under the direction of Gov. Rick Scott (R), had instituted an unwritten ban on using the phrases “climate change” and “global warming.” Scott denied the claim.

This week’s incident is much less ambiguous. Tuesday, the three-person commission that oversees a public land trust in Wisconsin voted 2 to 1 to block the trust’s dozen public employees “from engaging in global warming or climate change work while on BCPL time.”

In proposing and voting on the ban, the commission “spent 19 minutes and 29 seconds talking about talking about climate change,” according to Bloomberg:

The move to ban an issue leaves staff at the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands in the unusual position…

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