Active Denial in Florida

A report from the Sunshine State: In Florida, officials ban term ‘climate change’. Not an official policy, but seemingly a common set of instructions from superiors.

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.

If sea level rises 1 meter (not outside the realm of possibility), it’ll have a major impact on Florida:

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Leading Climate Denier Found to be Funded by Fossil-Fuel Industry

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/22/us/ties-to-corporate-cash-for-climate-change-researcher-Wei-Hock-Soon.html?_r=0

This is a perfect example of what we discussed last class and what we saw in the documentary Merchants of Doubt. This story reveals that one of the leading “respected” figures on climate denial, Wei-Hock Soon a professor from Harvard, has been taking money from the fossil-fuel industry and specifically from Koch Industries. As we talked about in class, the Koch brothers are a leading force in the industry’s push to ignore climate change, and this story is an example. It is people like this that stand in the way of progress and they are utilizing the same playbook that the tobacco industry used a few decades back. These handful of extremely wealthy and powerful individuals are helping to set up humanity for a most epic downfall, and they are doing it right in front of our faces. My question is, how are there no repercussions for this kind of stuff?

 

Green Planet Blues

 

I just came across this book review of a new edition of a collection called Green Planet Blues: Critical Perspectives on Global Environmental Politics. The review itself provides a quick introduction to a handful of important issues in global politics, and the news isn’t great.

greenplanetYet, today, many concerned about climate change are frustrated. Global policies develop slowly in relation to the scale of problems. Although many political leaders around the world express concern about global warming and environmental degradation, the political will to take effective action is lacking.