Republicans Hate Your Grandchildren, Part 2

Rick Scott Makes Sure Floridians Won’t Know About Climate Danger

Have you ever seen them together?
Have you ever seen them together?

It’s a common refrain around the web that Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott looks a lot like Lex Luthor, the arch-villain of Superman comics. The term fits, both aesthetically and substantively: in his previous career as CEO of Columbia/HCA, he oversaw what was at the time the largest Medicare fraud in history. But as the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, Scott isn’t content to rest on his laurels:

The state of Florida is the region most susceptible to the effects of global warming in this country, according to scientists. Sea-level rise alone threatens 30 percent of the state’s beaches over the next 85 years.

But you would not know that by talking to officials at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the state agency on the front lines of studying and planning for these changes.

DEP officials have been ordered not to use the term “climate change” or “global warming” in any official communications, emails, or reports, according to former DEP employees, consultants, volunteers and records obtained by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

As they say, read the whole thing. There is no question that this comes from the top. “This unwritten policy went into effect after Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011 and appointed Herschel Vinyard Jr. as the DEP’s director, according to former DEP employees.”

So if you live in Florida, or like to visit, or just think that it would be a nice thing if the country was not inundated, Rick Scott couldn’t care less about you. And since your grandchildren will be worse off, he couldn’t care less about them, either.
This shows it, too!
This shows it, too!

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Reader Comments

3 Replies to “Republicans Hate Your Grandchildren, Part 2”

  1. Jonathan said;
    “…..Rick Scott couldn’t care less about you…..”

    Dear Jonathan,
    Do you care about us more than Governor Rick Scott? Apparently, you want to save our grandchildren from the ravages of global warming? Why do we not thank thee? We are just as shameful as Mr. Scott who “couldn’t care less”
    Do you really want to save us?

    1. How can Jonathan answer your question, BQRQ, without knowing who you are?
      You’re an anonymous troll!

  2. Why do people accept the idea that “climate experts” can predict the future of climate change? Scientists can’t predict the future outcome of any complex processes, economists can’t predict the future of market action, political “experts” can’t predict the outcome of elections, climate “experts” can’t predict solar activity, cloud formation, ocean current variations, El Nino, La Nina, volcanoes, earthquakes, etc. The future can’t be predicted because it has yet to be determined.

    But some among us would embrace political action to deal with climate unknowns (as well as with other unknowns, like economic uncertainty), regardless of the fact that politicians deal in laws, regulations, coercion, favors, lies, compromise, etc. Why, when faced with the choice of trusting their future to people who have no track record of success in the real world – like politicians, lawyers, academicians, etc., versus trusting that people who have succeeded in dealing with nature – i.e., farmers, engineers, agricultural scientists, fisherman, ranchers, mechanics, shopkeepers, businessmen and businesswomen, etc., will be your best bet, do so many turn to governments and politicians and lawyers and academicians?

    It appears that many of those who fear nature, hope desperately to control it, while those who respect nature, are confident they can deal with it.

    Florida’s beaches are always at risk from the next hurricane. People who live there deal with that risk, or move away. They don’t try to pass laws to repeal the forces of nature.

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Jonathan Zasloff teaches Torts, Land Use, Environmental Law, Comparative Urban Planning Law, Legal History, and Public Policy Clinic – Land Use, the Environment and Loc…

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