Clinton smacks Fla. governor’s 'absurd’ climate policies

Clinton smacks Fla. governor’s 'absurd’ climate policies
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Speaking in Florida, Clinton highlighted the heavy impact climate change is expected to have on the state. She said Scott should work to invest in green energy jobs, rather than pursue a ban on discussions of climate change there. 

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The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting last year reported that Scott’s administration had barred employees of the sate Department of Environmental Protection from using the term “climate change” in official communications. Scott denied that report, but it still drew scorn from Democrats, including the White House.

Clinton added her own criticism on Monday.  

“You have a governor who actually put out an edict — I mean, this is hard to believe, a governor who put out an edict directing state employees never to say or write the words ‘climate change.’ ” she said. 

“That sounds absurd, which of course it is, but it’s also missing a great economic opportunity. Florida could be the center of solar energy in the entire country.”

Clinton promised to “work with members of the leadership in Florida right now” to combat climate change. She also tied Scott to Trump, noting the governor chairs a super-PAC supporting his candidacy. 

“It doesn’t surprise me that someone who won’t let anyone in the state government mention the words ‘climate change’ happens to head up Donald Trump’s biggest PAC” she said. “That seems awfully appropriate, doesn’t it? We’ve got to stand against the deniers.”

Jonathan Easley contributed.