When I moved to Florida from Boston, I knew there were be a few cultural differences that I would have to work around. That goes without saying, and one of these differences surrounds the whole issue of climate change and anthropogenic carbon emissions. While I like to think that most people are pretty open minded when it comes to scientific consensus, my hopes fall a bit short when I look around at Tallahassee.
One of the first bits of gossip I heard about when I came to tour FSU was that the governor of Florida doesn’t believe in climate change. Being new to the Florida news scene (and being preferential to foreign news sources) I assumed this remark about the governor to be hyperbole; that was until I looked it up. Turns out that the governor has banned the use of the phrase Climate Change in all official, state documents. Yeah, so this is Florida.
Fortunately these ‘cultural issues’ rarely come up in my day to day work since I’m in an Oceanography department after all. In fact, I am currently grading 150 essays that review an article related to climate change. So I’m in good company… but I didn’t say anything about good writers.