After eight years of Gov. Rick Scott degrading science and dismissing climate change, Gov. Ron DeSantis introduced Thursday he will appoint a chief science officer to cope with “present and rising environmental considerations most pressing to Floridians.”
This welcome turnaround got here simply two days after DeSantis’ swearing-in, in an government order that also calls for $2.5 billion in Everglades restoration, creates a process pressure on blue-inexperienced toxic algae and instructs the South Florida Water Management District to right away start the subsequent part of the reservoir venture south of Lake Okeechobee.
In addition to the chief science officer’s remit to “coordinate and prioritize scientific knowledge, analysis, monitoring and analysis” on Florida’s surroundings, the order additionally creates an Workplace of Environmental Accountability and Transparency charged with corralling scientific research and knowledge “to ensure that all agency actions are aligned with key environmental priorities.”
That is entire new tone for a governor’s office that advised Floridians, principally, that we couldn’t afford to each create jobs and shield the setting. Scott reduce tens of millions of dollars from water management district budgets, which meant shedding scientists, engineers and other specialists; slashed greater than 200 water-monitoring stations; sharply lowered policing of polluters; rolled again progress-management laws.
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We hope that Thursday’s government order is a step toward reversing that development — and extra.