Rick Scott

Fla. Gov. Rick Scott

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office declined comment, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s press secretary claims there was no policy on it. But according to four former employees, the department did, indeed, have in place a policy prohibiting use the terms “climate change” or “global warming” in official communications, emails or reports, according to the Miami Herald.

The policy went into effect soon after Scott was first elected to office four years ago. He was re-elected in 2014.

Florida is the state most susceptible to the effects of global warming. In all predictions of rising ocean levels caused by melting polar ice, Florida completely disappears under water.

At the tip of Florida, Key West’s highest point is three feet above sea level. Britton Hill, at 345 feet above sea level and located in the panhandle on the Georgia border, is the lowest high point of any of the 50 states.