Environment

Wisconsin Public Lands Board Bans “Climate Change”

Following in the footsteps of Florida, Wisconsin’s Board of Commissioners of Public Lands has banned the discussion of climate change.

via Bloomberg

A vote on Tuesday by Wisconsin’s Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, a three-member panel overseeing an agency that benefits schools and communities in the state, enacted the staff ban on climate change. “It’s not a part of our sole mission, which is to make money for our beneficiaries,” said State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk, a Republican who sits on the board. “That’s what I want our employees working on. That’s it. Managing our trust funds.”

It seems to me that if your job is it to manage public trust funds involving land, you would want to be briefed on the threats posed to the land you manage. Climate change is certainly a threat to land.

The issue apparently came up because some were concerned that agency staff may be studying global warming and climate change while on the job.

Again, I'd say that's part of their job. Is it not?

The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands school trust funds were designed a century ago to help finance public education through the sale and management of land granted by the federal government. Today it helps fund school libraries and makes loans to Wisconsin communities. The agency continues to receive some income from the timber industries. That makes climate change, as it affects the forests of Wisconsin, relevant at least in some part to the long-term health of the board.

  • RamOrgan

    There’s also a movement afoot to change the name of the state capital from “Madison” to “Jackson”.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Why does no one get this?

    Denying climate change is about one thing and one thing only: MORE POLLUTION.

    Climate change is important for one reason and one reason only: POLLUTION. Dumping millions of tons of filth per day into the air, water and ground is BAD. One of the reasons why it’s bad is that it’s causing the climate to change.

    Everybody getting this so far?

    The only reason to deny that climate change is occurring and/or that it is caused by pollution is because we want to keep on polluting. If climate change isn’t real, then there’s no reason to stop dumping millions of tons of filth per day into the air, water and ground.

    So we’re supposed to believe that dumping millions of tons of filth per day into the air, water and ground doesn’t cause anything bad to happen.

    Got that?

    And let’s not forget, we’re also supposed to believe that there is a financial incentive for scientists to find and conclude that dumping millions of tons of filth per day into the air, water and ground is bad, but there’s no financial incentive to find that it isn’t.

    To paraphrase Chez: We suck. F*** us.

  • captkurt

    Even though I grew up there, and love the natural beauty of the LAND of Wisconsin, I’m really getting fed up with the amount of horseshit spewing from there lately.

  • muselet

    Adamczyk raised his concern at a public meeting on Tuesday that the board’s executive director, Tia Nelson, had spent on-the-job time working on global warming. Nelson did indeed work on climate change a bit in 2007 and ’08—at the request of the governor. Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, who stepped down in 2011, appointed Nelson as co-chair of a global warming task force (PDF). “It honestly never occurred to me that being asked by a sitting governor to serve on a citizen task force would be objectionable,” she said.

    Punishing a state employee for accepting an appointment from the governor. Great thinking.

    It gets better.

    Adamczyk said on Tuesday that if Nelson receives an e-mail asking about climate change, “she can forward it to us”—the board—“and we can all look at it. I would prefer that we didn’t have to prohibit stuff like this. It just seems silly that we would have to. But I’m not the one that’s been engaging on this topic for years.”

    Nelson jumped in to correct him on that point: “Yeah,” she said. “Just for the record, I haven’t worked on climate change in any direct manner since the year 2008—or 2007, I think.” She did attend a timber industry management conference related to climate change a couple of years ago, she said.

    Matt Adamczyk deliberately mischaracterized Tia Nelson’s actions to make it seem as if she’s been wasting lots of time—and therefore taxpayers’ money!—on climate change, giving the BCPL an excuse to gag its staff. Republican governance in a nutshell.

    On a related note, apparently environmentalists can stop rain from falling. Who knew?

    –alopecia

    • ninjaf

      Republicans are rearranging deck chairs as the Titanic sinks.

    • Badgerite

      I believe Tia Nelson is the daughter of the late Gaylord Nelson, former Governor and Senator and the founder of Earth Day. We could sure use him in Wisconsin these days.

      • muselet

        She is, which may well be one of the reasons Adamczyk got so bent out of shape over this.

        –alopecia

        • Badgerite

          Probably. The man from Clear Lake was not only an environmentalist in the tradition of Aldo Leopold and John Muir, he was an honorable politician who never engaged in slash and burn, Rovian, turd-blossom politics that so characterizes the GOP these days. Even in Wisconsin.
          I imagine they don’t want people reminded that Wisconsin has that tradition and it has always served the state well.