Wisconsin Agency Bans ‘Climate Change’ Conversation

Bloomberg: “Discussing climate change is out of bounds for workers at a state agency in Wisconsin. So is any work related to climate change—even responding to e-mails about the topic.”

“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.’”

“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 … 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.”

“The move to ban an issue leaves staff at the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands in the unusual position of not being able to speak about how climate change might affect lands it oversees.”

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