Kerry mocks Florida’s reported ban on ‘climate change’

Lauren Schneiderman

Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryCutting corners in a federal campaign is criminal Navy investigation concludes Iran broke international law by detaining sailors Top Democrat wants Obama to block Boeing's deal with Iran MORE mocked Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and his deputies Thursday amid reports that the state’s environmental agency banned employees from mentioning climate change.

Though he did not mention Florida by name, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection was at the center of a report this week saying that terms like climate change, global warming and sustainability were prohibited in official communications.

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“Literally a couple of days ago, I read about some state officials who are actually trying to ban the use of the term ‘climate change’ in public documents because they're not willing to face the facts,” Kerry said in a speech at the Atlantic Council Thursday.

Kerry brought up the topic as part of his argument that it is a waste of time to debate whether or not human-caused climate change is real.

Instead, world leaders need to accept what Kerry says are scientific facts.

“Now, folks, we literally do not have the time to waste debating whether we can say ‘climate change,’ ” he said. “We have to talk about how we solve climate change.”

Kerry compared the climate change debate to the science behind gravity and the freezing point of water, both of which he said are settled.

Scott, who has said he doubts about the scientific consensus that humans significantly contribute to climate change through greenhouse gas emissions, denied the report from the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting about climate change at the environmental agency.

On Wednesday, the same organization reported that other Florida agencies have also been banned from mentioning climate change under Scott’s leadership.