Target: Florida Governor, Rick Scott
Goal: Apologize for ordering an employee to seek a psychiatric evaluation after considering climate change.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has ordered an employee from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to receive a psychiatric evaluation after using the term “climate change.”
According to a complaint filed with the DEP, the employee, Bart Bibler, expressed his concern over the Keystone XL Pipeline jeopardizing the climate and was admonished, sent home, and told to get medical clearance before returning. While Governor Scott’s administration claims that no climate change ban is in place, it sure seems like it from this extreme reaction.
Higher-ups in the DEP claim that after his supervisors asked for a revision of his statements, Bibler took things too far by sending an email in reply with an anti-pipeline symbol attached and kept his climate change language intact.
The reaction to Bibler’s reply seems incredibly drastic and out of proportion with the situation. It is well known that Governor Rick Scott is a climate change denier even though he avoids talking about it in detail with the press. His administration goes out of the way to use the term “climate change.”
By being so ignorant about climate change and forcing people to be silent about it, we are paving a dangerous path for our future. Please sign the petition below to reprimand Florida Governor Rick Scott for his administration’s drastic actions toward DEP employee Bart Bibler.
Dear Governor Rick Scott,
I am writing to you to express my extreme concern over the order for DEP employee Bart Bibler to seek a psychiatric evaluation after expressing his concern over climate change. Forcing those in your administration to be silent on the matter is a harmful way to handle a serious issue.
While Bart Bibler may not have acted in the most appropriate way, this punishment seems very extreme for the situation. I urge you to reconsider the actions taken against this employee and have an open mind in regards to climate change. No one should be sent to a psychiatric hospital to change their ideology.
Climate change is not going away and we cannot pretend it’s not there by forcing people to be silent on the issue. I sincerely hope that you and your administration take a more tolerant view of this issue so that we can continue to have honest discussions and move forward.
[Your Name Here]
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