Yesterday, I indicated that I’d be writing about “language policing”. That was in response to reports out of Florida that Governor Rick Scott has banned the use of the terms “climate change” and “global warming” by state employees acting in an official capacity.
I’m going to hold off on this post for the time being. I decided to do a little research on the subject. At this point, the story is that Florida employees have alleged that there is an unwritten rule in the Department of Environmental Protection banning the use of those terms and that an employee was sent home for using the term and docked personal time off in the process. That’s one side of the story.
The Scott administration denies that such a rule exists and says that the employee was sent home for a number of reasons, all of them subjective (poor performance, insubordination, etc). That’s the other side.
Activists have submitted FOIA requests in an effort to support their allegations. In short, it’s a developing story.
I’m inclined to believe the activists, but I’m one guy with a blog who is just about as far from Florida as you can be in the lower 48. I don’t have the resources to do the kind of diligent research and reporting that these very frightening allegations warrant.
So I’m holding my fire until more facts come out.