As we watch the State House debate Medicaid expansion with futility and dread, a new website reminds us of a comforting maxim: if you can't beat 'em, make fun of 'em.
Or something like that.
This week, a nonprofit that aims to spread awareness of climate change, Forecast the Facts, launched a site that pokes fun at Governor Rick Scott — with a nod to equally aloof Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker — for allegedly banning the term "climate change" (and others related to the phenomenon) from state government communications.
The new site, hashtag-influenced scottaway.com, offers a litany of climate change's most dire impacts, but swaps out the phrase for lighthearted euphemisms (see above).
"If you're not willing to admit there's a problem it's hard to actually do anything about it," said Daniel Souweine, a spokesperson for Forecast the Facts.
The organization derives its information on climate change impacts from organizations like the (pre-Rick Scott) Florida Department of Environmental Protection, FEMA and a variety of other government organizations and nonprofits.
Scott's office has denied banning climate change and related terms from state government.
"Which means somebody's not telling the truth," Souweine said.
So the state's Investigator General is looking into it whether a) it indeed is the case and b) whether doing so is legal. Souweine said he expects the investigation to be complete soon.