By Jeff Simpson
This story has been circulating for a few days but I ignored it because I did not think it could actually be true in the year 2015. Unfortunately it is.
Wisconsin state officials on Tuesday banned employees of a state agency from discussing climate change, conducting any work on the topic, or even responding to an email about the warming climate, Bloomberg News reports.
The ban applies to state employees who work for an agency that oversees a Wisconsin public land trust. The effort was spearheaded by State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk, a Republican, and enacted by a vote of Wisconsin’s Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.
I was hoping the stupid was confined to Florida. Unfortunately I was wrong.
H/T Democurmudgeon for reminding us that this all started with our Republican politicians signing a pledge to the Koch Brothers to put their profits over the Wisconsin environment and budget.
Signers of the pledge, now numbering 411, promise to "oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue” ... They include all Republicans, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, U.S. Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble, state Sens. Leah Vukmir, Alberta Darling, Rep. Glenn Grothman and Mary Lazich, and state Reps. Dale Kooyenga, Don Pridemore, Jim Ott and Bill Kramer. Governor Scott Walker,Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch … for ideological reasons and because of the state's wealth of frac sand.Here Secretary of State Doug LaFollette explains it very well:
The two people who voted for this are new Attorney General and Scott Jensen puppet bitter Republican partisan Brad Schimel:
Brad's contact information:
Wisconsin Department of Justice
P.O. Box 7857
Madison, WI 53707-7857
Phone: (608) 266-1221
Fax: (608) 267-2779
(Matt Adamczyk has worked in the family business, Adamczyk Heating & Air Conditioning, 6019 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, phone:414 258-7880)Mr. Adamcyzk contact information is:
Wisconsin Office of the State Treasurer • B41 West • State Capitol • Madison, Wisconsin 53701
The stupid does not stop at this agency either, as Mike Huebsch felt the need to weigh in and embarrass himself once again:
The Wisconsin Radio Network reported that when Huebsch was questioned on his climate change opinions in his confirmation hearing over the week, he said:
People actually elected this guy at one time?“I believe that humans can have an impact to climate change, but I don’t think it’s anywhere near the level of impact of just the natural progression of our planet. You know, the elimination of essentially every automobile would be offset by one volcano exploding. You have to recognize the multiple factors that go into climate change.”
By the way, if you can just wash away the lunacy for a minute and spend five minutes on google. you would see that Global Climate Change is very real and very much a problem for our world.
Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities,and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.
U.S. Global Change Research Program"The global warming of the past 50 years is due primarily to human-induced increases in heat-trapping gases. Human 'fingerprints' also have been identified in many other aspects of the climate system, including changes in ocean heat content, precipitation, atmospheric moisture, and Arctic sea ice." (2009, 13 U.S. government departments and agencies)