Rick Scott on Environment
Break tourism records while protecting our environment
A lot has happened since I spoke to you last year. I could talk about how our unemployment rate is now down to 6.3%. How our crime rate is at a 42-year low. How we have invested record funding in protecting our environment, while our
tourism industry is breaking records. Or how we have added more than 460,000 new private-sector jobs since the end of 2010.
Working together, we have made Florida not just a destination for tourists--but a destination for opportunity.
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Florida legislature
, Mar 4, 2014
Lay off DEP staff; environmental compliance & no enforcement
Polluters are getting away scot-free in Florida, quite literally, according to one group that alleges Gov. Rick Scott and his slimmed-down Department of Environmental Protection are not doing their jobs.
The Public Employees For Environmental
Responsibility (PEER) issued a statement that the DEP collected 70% less in fines from violators in 2012, and the agency opened half as many environmental investigations as it did the year before.
PEER 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 advises directors to focus on
compliance without enforcement. Meanwhile, the DEP says the lower enforcement numbers are merely a consequence of more Florida industries operating within safe environmental standards.
Source: Huffington Post on 2014 Florida Governor race
, Aug 30, 2013
Base environmental policy on sound science, not politics
Floridians must realize that a personal investment in the environment provides them with an exponentially higher return in economic opportunity and quality of life. Our approach to environmental policy will rely on the following tenets:
Source: Florida Gubernatorial 2010 PVS Political Courage Test
, Nov 1, 2010
A stable regulatory environment is key.
Stewardship is a personal responsibility.
- A free market should drive the diversification on our energy portfolio; government should not be too restrictive or prescriptive.
Florida should maintain its rights to protect our environment.
- Environmental policy should be based and driven by sound science, not politics
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