The Voldemort Equation in Climate Change

voldemortThe Ministry of Magic took great pains to deny that Voldemort was still around and could return. Throughout the Harry Potter series, the residents of the magical realm referred to Voldemort as “He Who Must Not Be Named”.

The Voldemort Equation is simple.  Denial + Gag = Voldemort doesn’t Exist.

Both Florida and Wisconsin government officials and employees have been ordered not use the term “Climate Change” and thus have invoked the Voldemort Equation.

Florida DEP officials have been ordered not to use the terms “climate change” or “global warming”.

This unwritten policy went into effect after Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011 and appointed Herschel Vinyard Jr. as the DEP’s director, according to former DEP employees. Gov. Scott, who won a second term in November, has repeatedly said he is not convinced that climate change is caused by human activity, despite scientific evidence to the contrary. Vinyard has since resigned

Wisconsin’s Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, working on climate change, or even just talking about it while at work, is a waste of public funds. The board voted 2-to-1 to prohibit staff “from engaging in global warming or climate change work” while on the clock at the Board of Commissioners.

Steve Horn of has an excellent article about the players entitled “Wisconsin Climate Change Gag Order Part of Broader Industry-Tied Attacks on Science“.

Climate change has been on the debate table for a number of years. On one side is the science which shows climate change as being real, on the other side are those who throw snowballs on the US Senate floor to prove there is no such thing as global warming.

With the Florida and Wisconsin climate change gag, it appears the snowball wielding side has ended the debate by not speaking about it.  Climate Change will now be known as “that which must not be named” in Florida and Wisconsin.   The way these rulings and bills seem to go, we could expect more states to also invoke the Voldemort Equation.

Well, Voldemort did come back, and Voldemort did do much damage and people died. Voldemort was eventually killed by Harry Potter using the Elder Wand.

With climate change there is no Harry Potter and Elder Wand to save us from “that which must not be named“.
©2015 Dory Hippauf


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