You Won’t Believe What Wisconsin Has Banned

Posted by GreaterGoodness

If you don’t acknowledge a problem, does it become any less real? Legislators in Wisconsin seem to think so.

According to Bloomberg News, the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands voted 2-1 to ban employees from doing any work pertaining to climate change or global warming while doing public lands related work.

Today, the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands deals primarily with financing public education through the sale and management of land granted by the federal government. Some of that revenue comes from timber industries, which, it probably goes without saying, is often at conflict with environmentalists.

WisconsinCapitol_700x800State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk has argued that environmental concerns are not part of the Commissioners of Public Lands’ sole mission, and they need to focus on “managing our trust funds.”

While this measure impacts only a small number of Wisconsin’s state employees, it’s part of a larger, disturbing trend of states trying to control the way climate change is discussed. Earlier in 2015, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection was accused of ordering its employees to stop using the words “climate change” and “global warming” in official communications.

In a Tuesday conference call with Bloomberg, Wisconsin Secretary of State Douglas La Follette said, “Having been on this board for close to 30 years, I’ve never seen such nonsense. We’ve reached the point now where we’re going to try to gag employees from talking about issues. In this case, climate change. That’s as bad as the governor of Florida recently telling his staff that they could not use the words ‘climate change.'”

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