TALLAHASSEE — An environmental group wants Florida's inspector general to check out reports of an unwritten policy prohibiting state agencies from using the terms "climate change" and "global warming."
About a dozen members of the group Forecast the Facts, many appearing with their mouths covered by duct tape emblazoned with the words "climate change," dropped off about 43,000 electronically signed petitions Friday with the receptionists at Gov. Rick Scott's Capitol office.
The petitions ask the state's inspector general to launch an investigation into whether Scott directed the Department of Environmental Protection and other state agencies to avoid certain weather-related phrases in public documents and other communications.
Scott has repeatedly denied the charge. A spokesman for Scott's office, while denying the allegation on Friday, said the governor is concerned with solutions to environmental issues. On March 8, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting reported that former DEP officials claimed they had been told to avoid phrases such as "global warming" and "climate change."
Forecast the Facts, which focuses on people who deny climate change, also has submitted a public-records request asking for correspondence between Scott and the DEP that references "climate change" and "global warming."