Don’t Give Environmental Award to Climate Denier

Governor Rick Scott

Target: Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida Executive Director Brett Boston

Goal: Don’t give governor who forbade the use of the term “climate change” in his administration an environmentalist award.

Florida Governor Rick Scott will be getting an award for his “conservation work” despite being one of the most anti-environment governors in the state’s history according to Alan Farago, president of Friends of the Everglades. This is the same governor who issued a memo telling state employees not to use the term “climate change” on the job.

Rick Scott has defunded multiple Floridian environmental departments, halted important pro-environment projects, and has appointed developers and other pro-business, pro-profit individuals to boards that decide whether or not companies can build on wetlands and other essential ecosystems. Under these boards, a government employee was suspended and investigated for refusing to approve development on protected lands.

Apparently, the chairman of the organization that will be giving the award to Scott is a good buddy of Jeb Bush who also sits on the board of the U.S. Century Bank. The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida has clearly been compromised by big business interests who want to be able to steamroll over the rules and build whatever they want, regardless of how it affects the environment. However, chairman Rodney Barreto is only one person.

Sign this petition to demand that the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida embrace a basic level of integrity by refusing to give an environmentalist award to such a blatant enemy of the environment.


Dear Mr. Boston,

I’ve learned that your organization, the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, plans to give Governor Rick Scott an award for his “conservation efforts.” I have to ask: What conservation efforts? Rick Scott has come under fire many times from environmentalist groups for his efforts to undermine the protection of land and water for the benefit of big business. He is a blatant denier of climate change, even going so far as to ban his employees from using the term in their government jobs.

There is no reason to give this man an award meant for environmentalists. He’s done nothing but slash the budgets of environmental government agencies and programs and appointed anti-environment, pro-big business individuals to their boards. Plus, the chairman of your own board is clearly on the same page as the governor, which I assume is why you decided to give Scott this award.

If you truly care anything for the environment, you’ll reverse the decision to give Governor Rick Scott this award. I also recommend expelling Rodney Barreto, as his interests are clearly not in favor of the environment. If you choose to keep going down this path, you’ll prove your organization to be nothing but a farce.


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Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

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  1. Kathy Williams says:

    Son of a bitch.
    I couldn’t believe it when this scammer, this crook, this effing fraud got reelected. But I realized years ago that my vote doesn’t count.
    God help us all – but initially, especially Floridians – if he makes it to the Senate.
    Needless to say, everyone can kiss the environment goodbye if he’s ever our Commander in Chief.

  2. michael guest says:

    Politics are very dumb and foolish. They do nothing to help the environment. Climate change deniers don’t deserve any award.

    • “Deniers” or just people who disagree with you?

      I’m very much for protecting the environment, but too many people on both sides of the “global warming” debate believe that they are knowledgeable enough to know what will happen and why, and to know which scientists are right and which are wrong.

  3. Stan Benton says:

    This Scott is the worst of the worst. What kind of idiot could even consider giving him an “environmental” award? (Or is it some sort of suck up or payoff?)

  4. An award for what exactly???? Are you insane????

  5. SCOTT is a darn ostrich..burring his darn head in the sand….dumb shit…get rid of him usa.

  6. Who the HELL made this ridiculous decision? Ted Nugent? Walter Palmer? Michael Vick? This is too sick to even be a joke !!! But if they really are serious, this had better be a joke !!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Dr. Tony DeLia says:

    This must be a headline from the Onion.

    Or I must be living on planet bizzaro. Who in their right mind could believe this joke of a right wing nut job has done ANYTHING for conservation or protection of the environment?

    Or maybe this is opposite day? Or was the nomination submitted on April 1st?

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