You overhear an unsettling conversation in the cafeteria at the Florida Environmental Agency “Its fuckin’ hotter than a whore’s cunt in here!”; “Yeah! Must be that god damned climate change”.
Pretty offensive right? Actually more than offensive – it’s illegal.
I know what you’re thinking – talking about a whore’s cunt is pretty shocking and tasteless, but illegal??? no Way! Well, you’re right. It is just fine to talk about a whore’s cunt in Florida. But if you are a state employee and use the words ‘climate change’, a directive has been issued prohibiting use of the word climate change.
In the infinite wisdom that can only be generated by governments in right wing, religious, red states Florida has issued a directive making it illegal for environmental workers to use the word climate change.
I don’t even know where to start describing how disturbing this is.
First, isn’t the Republican party the defender of the Constitution and freedom of expression? Neo-Nazis can spew hate toward Jews, but environmentalists can’t say climate change. Just.. wow!
Secondly, don’t we believe in science anymore? There is scientific consensus that man made climate change is real. I can understand that is scary for governments to contemplate who they will deal with climate change; it is divisive and it is expensive. But shotgun down the debate? Isn’t that anti-American?
Finally, Florida is the US state expected to be most affected by climate change. If anyone should be saying climate change – at the top of their lungs – its Floridians.
I don’t want to offend anyone’s delicate sensibilities but CLIMATE CHANGE – let’s start talking about it!