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Right!  And Rick Snyder suddenly believes in the rights of local government to be autonomous.

And Scott Walker suddenly believes his Teflon-coating is fading, too.  Those will be the days.


But back to Rick Scott, who has now decided to give Florida voters what they want -- more hot air on Environmental issues, from another sunny-day Republican ...


Rick Scott Suddenly Cares About the Environment

by Chris Joseph, browardpalmbeach.com -- Aug. 4 2014

Gov. Rick "I'm No Scientist" Scott is suddenly all about helping the environment, after spending four years pretty much ruining it.

During a campaign stop in Martin County on Monday, Scott is expected to pledge hundreds of millions of dollars on environmental programs, if we completely ignore how he's screwed the environment in the first term and elect him for a second term.

Particularly, he's pledging to spend $500 million to springs restoration, according to the Associated Press. You might be shocked to know that he pledged a similar amount to springs restoration before. But thanks to this new fangled thing called the Internet, we're able to learn that Scott never came through with that promise the first time around, all while his administration has been pretty much gutting Florida's environmental protection programs.
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Those are some big-buck promises. Earmarked for what, one may wonder ...


Rick Scott Pledges Major Spending on Environment

by Associated Press; wctv.tv -- Aug 04, 2014

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The Republican incumbent [Scott] vows to dedicate $500 million to springs restoration over the next 10 years as well as $500 million to help create alternative water supplies.

Scott also plans to promise to spend $150 million a year for Florida Forever, the state's environmental and conservation land-buying programs.
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Funny, is that the same Florida Forever program that Scott eviscerated in his first term -- with one stroke of his pen?


A Tour of Gov. Rick Scott's Dirtiest Deeds

by Lisa Rab, browardpalmbeach.com -- Jul 14 2011

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Scott was also determined to end funding for the state's Florida Forever program, which buys land to conserve for parks and forests. State lawmakers proposed a way to rescue the program by selling off surplus land in order to buy more. But in May, Scott used his line-item veto power to ax that plan from the budget.
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Rick Scott may want to borrow a few choice words from another pseudo-famous GOP poser ...
Could he name the third agency he'd abolish?

"No," [Rick] said. Long pause. "Oops."



Well if you're an "informed" Florida voter, then you probably already know Rick Scott is NO friend to the Environment:


Rick Scott Administration Accused Of Not Enforcing Environment Protection Standards

by Amanda McCorquodale, huffingtonpost.com -- 08/30/2013

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Thursday Public Employees For Environmental Responsibility (PEER) issued a statement that the DEP [Florida's Department of Environmental Protection] collected 70 percent less in fines from violators in 2012, and the agency opened half as many environmental investigations as it did the year before.

"These latest figures document a jaw-dropping abdication of pollution protections in Florida," wrote PEER Director Jerry Phillips, a former DEP enforcement attorney, who conducted the analysis. "If Florida is in a race to the bottom, it has reached the basement."

The group says Scott advised DEP staff to restrain from pursuing enforcement and laid off staff responsible for enforcing the state's environmental standards.

PEER also released an internal DEP memo in which the deputy secretary Jeff Littlejohn advises directors to focus on compliance without enforcement.
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That's quite the "Environment Enforcement" record, Rick!  -- NOT!


And if you're NOT an "informed" Florida voter, well then Rick Scott you're guy!  He's got the GOP Seal of Approval, afterall ...

All Talk, No ACTION.



Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 07:27 PM PDT.

Also republished by North & Central Florida Kossacks and DKos Florida.

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