Governor Scott says Florida did not ban the phrase ‘climate change’

scottThe Miami Herald published a story Sunday that Gov. Rick Scott had banned the use of phrases like global warming and climate change, based on statements by former employees. The only problem: it’s not true. At least according to Gov. Rick Scott.

On Monday, Scott denied that the administration in his Department of Environmental Protection were ever banned from using those terms. “It’s not true,” Scott told reporters in Hialeah. He said no such policy existed. While not going into specifics, he maintained the allegations were false.

A search of the DEP’s website revealed hundreds of instances of the phrases “climate change” and “global warming,” and the accusations were made by former employees of DEP that were fired or laid off. Based on the reporting by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, which bills itself as a non-partisan investigative agency, the accusations appeared to be an orchestrated attempt by ex-employees to disgrace a sitting governor.

The day after the Miami Herald article was published, “State Democrats emailed a fundraising pitch to supporters Monday noting Scott’s climate-change position. The email was titled, ‘Is he serious?'”

While it’s no secret that Gov. Scott has said in the past that he is “not a scientist” when asked about the validity of man-made global warming, at no time did Scott order those phrases banned, or “scrubbed” from documents. In fact, the Herald story said it was verbally communicated and came from the top.

The Sunday Herald story was picked up and circulated widely by other newspapers, who reported the story verbatim, creating a bit of a firestorm for the Scott administration. On Monday, he set the record straight. He also told reporters of his administration’s ongoing environmental achievements:

“Let’s look at what we’ve accomplished,” he said. “We’ve had significant investments in beach renourishment, in flood mitigation. Look at what we’ve done with the Everglades: We settled a lawsuit over the Everglades. That litigation had been going on for decades. We put money in the Tamiami Trail, to raise that, to push water south. We’ve had — I think we’ve had record investments in our springs.

“I’m into solutions, and that’s what we’re going to continue to do,” he added.

According to Florida’s DEP website, Scott has asked for $1.6 billion to be allocated to “Protect and Preserve Florida’s Natural Resources.”

While many scientists that receive funding from the government and environmental groups believe the planet is warming due to mankind’s emissions of carbon dioxide, observable data shows no statistical warming for the last 18.6 years. Even EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy refused to acknowledge this good news or the even better news that not a single Category 3-5 hurricane has made U.S. landfall for nearly a decade (the U.S. hasn’t gone this long without a Cat-3 or higher hurricane making landfall since the Civil War).

Given that, it’s not surprising that Scott refused to go into any specifics on his positions regarding climate change, especially when the EPA’s own head was unaware that there has been no increase in temperatures, droughts, or hurricanes when she testified before the Senate last week. In fact, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, considered the reigning authority on climate, stated there was no link between extreme weather and climate change in its last report.

As Dr. Richard Lindzen, MIT atmospheric sciences professor emeritus, pointed out in the WSJ: “Billions of dollars have been poured into studies supporting climate alarm, and trillions of dollars have been involved in overthrowing the energy economy” – and replacing it with expensive, inefficient, insufficient, job-killing, environmentally harmful wind, solar and biofuel sources.

Paul Driessen, a senior policy analyst for CFACT and a best-selling author who has been writing about climate for more than a decade, wrote that:

“The EPA, Fish & Wildlife Service, NOAA, USAID, Army and State Department transferred this taxpayer money to Environmental Defense, Friends of the Earth, Nature Conservancy, Natural Resource Defense Council, National Wildlife Fund and Clean Air Council, for research, reports, press releases and other activities that support and promote federal programs and agendas on air quality, climate change, climate impacts on wildlife, and many similar topics related to the Obama war on fossil fuels. The activists also testified before Congress and lobbied intensively behind the scenes on these issues.

“Between 2000 and 2013, EPA also paid the American Lung Association well over $20 million, and lavished over $180 million on its Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee members, to support agency positions. Chesapeake energy gave the Sierra Club $26 million to advance its Beyond Coal campaign. Russia gave generously to anti-fracking, climate change and related ‘green’ efforts.”

Since climate alarm is based more on emotion and faulty computer models, one of the arguments put forth by environmentalists is that Florida’s coastline is the only state most vulnerable to sea level rise. But once again, science trumps computer modeling.

According to a recent study, previous estimates of sea-level rise over most of the 20th century were too high. And according to satellite data, there has been no significant increase in how fast sea level is rising since 1993, with an overall trend of .059 inches per year, after deducting the steric (thermal and saline) component.

The Star also reported that Scott was in Hialeah to publicize a $41 million DOT project.

“This is going to make it better for the families that live here, also better for the people that come through this area,” he said. “We have to continue to invest in transportation if we’re going to get tourists to move here.”

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    JB

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    “The Miami Herald published a story Sunday that Gov. Rick Scott had banned the use of phrases like global warming and climate change, based on statements by former employees. The only problem: it’s not true. At least according to Gov. Rick Scott.”
    Unlike the BBC who seem to have it mandatory to include the phrases ‘global warming’ and ‘climate change’ in all their documentaries however irrelevant they may be.

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    Kevin Schmidt

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    “While many scientists that receive funding from the government and environmental groups believe the planet is warming due to mankind’s emissions of carbon dioxide, observable data shows no statistical warming for the last 18.6 years.”

    That is an easily provable lie.
    First of all, that statistic was for SURFACE temperatures only, which account for less than 10% of global warming.
    Second of all, the numbers have been updated to show even surface temperatures have increased over the past 19 years.
    Third of all, 2014 was the warmest year on record, AND the 10 warmest years ever have all occurred during the 19 year period.

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      Gator

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      What Pause?

      [i]Dr. Phil Jones – CRU emails – 5th July, 2005
      “The scientific community would come down on me in no uncertain terms if I said the world had cooled from 1998. OK it has but it is only 7 years of data and it isn’t statistically significant….”
      Dr. Phil Jones – CRU emails – 7th May, 2009
      ‘Bottom line: the ‘ no upward trend’ has to continue for a total of 15 years before we get worried.’
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      Dr. Judith L. Lean – Geophysical Research Letters – 15 Aug 2009
      “… This lack of overall warming is analogous to the period from 2002 to 2008 when decreasing solar irradiance also countered much of the anthropogenic warming…”
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      Dr. Kevin Trenberth – CRU emails – 12 Oct. 2009
      “Well, I have my own article on where the heck is global warming…..The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.”
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      Dr. Mojib Latif – Spiegel – 19th November 2009
      “At present, however, the warming is taking a break,”…….”There can be no argument about that,”
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      Dr. Jochem Marotzke – Spiegel – 19th November 2009
      “It cannot be denied that this is one of the hottest issues in the scientific community,”….” We don’t really know why this stagnation is taking place at this point.”
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      Dr. Phil Jones – BBC – 13th February 2010
      “I’m a scientist trying to measure temperature. If I registered that the climate has been cooling I’d say so. But it hasn’t until recently – and then barely at all. The trend is a warming trend.”
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      Dr. Phil Jones – BBC – 13th February 2010
      [Q] B – “ Do you agree that from 1995 to the present there has been no statistically-significant global warming”
      [A] “ Yes, but only just”.
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      Prof. Shaowu Wang et al – Advances in Climate Change Research – 2010
      “…The decade of 1999-2008 is still the warmest of the last 30 years, though the global temperature increment is near zero;…”
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      Dr. B. G. Hunt – Climate Dynamics – February 2011
      “Controversy continues to prevail concerning the reality of anthropogenically-induced climatic warming. One of the principal issues is the cause of the hiatus in the current global warming trend.”
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      Dr. Robert K. Kaufmann – PNAS – 2nd June 2011
      “…..it has been unclear why global surface temperatures did not rise between 1998 and 2008…..”
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      Dr. Gerald A. Meehl – Nature Climate Change – 18th September 2011
      “There have been decades, such as 2000–2009, when the observed globally averaged surface-temperature time series shows little increase or even a slightly negative trend1 (a hiatus period)….”
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      Met Office Blog – Dave Britton (10:48:21) – 14 October 2012
      “We agree with Mr Rose that there has been only a very small amount of warming in the 21st Century. As stated in our response, this is 0.05 degrees Celsius since 1997 equivalent to 0.03 degrees Celsius per decade.”
      Source: metofficenews.wordpress.com/2012/10/14/met-office-in-the-media-14-october-2012
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      Dr. James Hansen – NASA GISS – 15 January 2013
      “The 5-year mean global temperature has been flat for a decade, which we interpret as a combination of natural variability and a slowdown in the growth rate of the net climate forcing.”
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      Dr Doug Smith – Met Office – 18 January 2013
      “The exact causes of the temperature standstill are not yet understood,” says climate researcher Doug Smith from the Met Office.
      [Translated by Philipp Mueller from Spiegel Online]
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      Dr. Virginie Guemas – Nature Climate Change – 7 April 2013
      “…Despite a sustained production of anthropogenic greenhouse gases, the Earth’s mean near-surface temperature paused its rise during the 2000–2010 period…”
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      Dr. Judith Curry – House of Representatives Subcommittee on
      Environment – 25 April 2013
      ” If the climate shifts hypothesis is correct, then the current flat trend in global surface temperatures may continue for another decade or two,…”
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      Dr. Hans von Storch – Spiegel – 20 June 2013
      “… the increase over the last 15 years was just 0.06 degrees Celsius (0.11 degrees Fahrenheit) — a value very close to zero….If things continue as they have been, in five years, at the latest, we will need to acknowledge that something is fundamentally wrong with our climate models….”

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      Gator

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      [i]Professor Masahiro Watanabe – Geophysical Research Letters – 28 June 2013
      “The weakening of k commonly found in GCMs seems to be an inevitable response of the climate system to global warming, suggesting the recovery from hiatus in coming decades.”
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      Met Office – July 2013
      “ The recent pause in global warming, part 3: What are the implications for projections of future warming?
      ………..
      Executive summary
      The recent pause in global surface temperature rise does not materially alter the risks of substantial warming of the Earth by the end of this century.”
      Source: metoffice.gov.uk/media/pdf/3/r/Paper3_Implications_for_projections.pdf
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      Professor Rowan Sutton – Independent – 22 July 2013
      “Some people call it a slow-down, some call it a hiatus, some people call it a pause. The global average surface temperature has not increased substantially over the last 10 to 15 years,”
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      Dr. Kevin Trenberth – NPR – 23 August 2013
      “ They probably can’t go on much for much longer than maybe 20 years, and what happens at the end of these hiatus periods, is suddenly there’s a big jump [in temperature] up to a whole new level and you never go back to that previous level again,”
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      Dr. Yu Kosaka et. al. – Nature – 28 August 2013
      “ Recent global-warming hiatus tied to equatorial Pacific surface cooling
      Despite the continued increase in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, the annual-mean global temperature has not risen in the twenty-first century…”
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      Professor Anastasios Tsonis – Daily Telegraph – 8 September 2013
      “We are already in a cooling trend, which I think will continue for the next 15 years at least. There is no doubt the warming of the 1980s and 1990s has stopped.”
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      Dr. Kevin E. Trenberth – Nature News Feature – 15 January 2014
      “The 1997 to ’98 El Niño event was a trigger for the changes in the Pacific, and I think that’s very probably the beginning of the hiatus,” says Kevin Trenberth, a climate scientist…
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      Dr. Gabriel Vecchi – Nature News Feature – 15 January 2014
      “A few years ago you saw the hiatus , but it could be dismissed because it was well within the noise,” says Gabriel Vecchi, a climate scientist…“Now it’s something to explain.”…..
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      Professor Matthew England – ABC Science – 10 February 2014
      “Even though there is this hiatus in this surface average temperature, we’re still getting record heat waves, we’re still getting harsh bush fires…..it shows we shouldn’t take any comfort from this plateau in global average temperatures.”
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      Dr. Jana Sillmann et al – IopScience – 18 June 2014
      Observed and simulated temperature extremes during the recent warming hiatus
      “This regional inconsistency between models and observations might be a key to understanding the recent hiatus in global mean temperature warming.”
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      Dr. Young-Heon Jo et al – American Meteorological Society – October 2014
      “…..Furthermore, the low-frequency variability in the SPG relates to the propagation of Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC) variations from the deep-water formation region to mid-latitudes in the North Atlantic, which might have the implications for recent global surface warming hiatus.”
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      Dr. Hans Gleisner – Geophysical Research Letters – 2015
      Recent global warming hiatus dominated by low latitude temperature trends in surface and troposphere data
      Over the last 15 years, global mean surface temperatures exhibit only weak trends…..Omission of successively larger polar regions from the global-mean temperature calculations, in both tropospheric and surface data sets, shows that data gaps at high latitudes can not explain the observed differences between the hiatus and the pre-hiatus period….
      http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2014GL062596/abstract
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      Shuai-Lei Yao et al – Theoretical and Applied Climatology – 9 January 2015
      The global warming hiatus—a natural product of interactions of a secular warming trend and a multi-decadal oscillation
      ….We provide compelling evidence that the global warming hiatus is a natural product of the interplays between a secular warming tendency…..
      http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00704-014-1358-x
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      Gator

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      [i]H. Douville et al – 2015
      The recent global-warming hiatus: What is the role of Pacific variability?
      The observed global mean surface air temperature (GMST) has not risen over the last 15 years, spurring outbreaks of skepticism regarding the nature of global warming and challenging the upper-range transient response of the current-generation global climate models….
      http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2014GL062775/abstract
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      Dr. Kevin E. Trenberth 11 July 2014
      Seasonal aspects of the recent pause in surface warming
      Factors involved in the recent pause in the rise of global mean temperatures are examined seasonally. For 1999 to 2012, the hiatus in surface warming is mainly evident in the central and eastern Pacific…….atmospheric circulation anomalies observed globally during the hiatus.[/i]
      http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v4/n10/full/nclimate2341.html

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    Kevin Schmidt

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    Quibbling over it won’t make it go away:

    While there was no written policy banning the terms, Byrd said supervisors made it clear verbally. Byrd, who worked on the state’s coral conservation program, said he went along with the request over fear of losing his job.

    “We decided it was important for us to maintain jobs and continue projects and just keep our head down and stay out of the attention of the governor’s office,” Byrd said. “We didn’t want to do anything to create waves; we had a fear that our entire program would be shut down.”

    Harper said there was no hard ban at DEP, but workplace culture discouraged using terms that didn’t fall in line with the administration’s biases.

    “There’s a culture of silence. When people have lost their jobs, you learn to play by the rules,” Harper said.

    Jerry Phillips, a former DEP lawyer who now works for the Florida Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, says reports of unofficial bans on language jibed with the agency’s culture even before Scott took office.

    Still, Phillips said, it is getting worse for employees, and he worries that DEP scientists are under pressure to release inaccurate information.

    “As a public employee you have an obligation to put the truth in documents,” he said. “If you’re falsifying what’s in a document, you’ve got some problems on your hands.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/florida-gov-scott-denies-banning-phrase-climate-change-29526774

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      Gator

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      You mean like when the White House and EPA threaten skeptics? Or how about these?

      [i]Dems steadfast in ‘witch hunt’ of doomsday-denying climate scientists. Democrats may be flustered after a week of being accused of engineering an anti-science “witch hunt,” but they aren’t backing down from their investigations into the financial backing of climate change researchers who challenge the movement’s doomsday scenarios. Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, told National Journal this week that he may have been guilty of overreach even as he defended his probe into the funding sources of seven professors, now known as the “Grijalva Seven.”

      Meteorologists warn of ‘chilling effect’ from Democrat’s probe of climate research. The American Meteorological Society is warning a top House Democrat that singling out funding provided to certain climate scientists “sends a chilling message to all academic researchers.” The meteorological society said it is committed to transparency, but took issue with letters sent by Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) this week asking universities to provide documents on the funding that was provided to seven professors for climate research.

      The Liberal Circus. We no longer live in an age of debate over global warming. It has now transmogrified well beyond Al Gore’s hysterics, periodic disclosures about warmists’ use of faked data, embarrassing email vendettas, vindictive lawsuits, crony green capitalism, and flawed computer models. Now Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, has taken the psychodrama to the level of farce in a two-bit McCarthyesque effort to demand from universities information about scientists who do not embrace his notions of manmade global warming. Where are the ACLU and fellow Democratic congressional supporters of free speech and academic freedom to censure such an Orwellian move?

      The Warmish Inquisition. [Scroll down] Christopher Monckton is a famous scourge of the Clime Syndicate, and they expend a lot of energy attempting to marginalize him as a kook and a weirdo, including strange claims that his hereditary viscountcy, conferred on his grandfather by HM The Queen on February 12th 1957 (if you’ll forgive a little peer review), is not a real peerage. Willie Soon, on the other hand, is inside the system: He has a part-time gig at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. If Soon were to get away with publishing papers with Monckton in peer-reviewed journals, there’s no telling what other scientists might follow. Let Soon pull that off, and, before you know it, the settled science could get all unsettled. So it was necessary to make an example of him.

      Climate scientist being investigated by Congress for not believing in global warming enough. Roger Pielke, a professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado, and six others are under investigation by Congress regarding testimony they’ve given on the subject of climate change. Pielke, a believer in man-caused global warming, can’t quite figure out why he’s the object of a witch hunt.

      A Shameful Climate Witch Hunt. Let the climate inquisition begin. The ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, Raúl Grijalva of Arizona, has written to seven universities about seven researchers who harbor impure thoughts about climate change. One of the targets is Steven Hayward, a blogger, author and academic now at Pepperdine University (as well as an occasional contributor to National Review). As Hayward puts it, the spirit of the inquiry is, “Are you now or have you ever been a climate skeptic?”

      Global Warming McCarthyites Are Even Targeting Believers. Here’s what happens when a climate researcher doesn’t fully conform to the global warming narrative: He becomes the target of a congressional inquisition. Roger Pielke Jr., a professor at Colorado University’s Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, announced on his blog Wednesday that he is “one of seven U.S. academics being investigated by U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva,” an Arizona Democrat who is the ranking member of the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.[/i]

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      Gator

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      Or these?

      [i]Dem. Congressman on Witch Hunt Against Climate Scientists. On his blog this morning, Roger Pielke Jr. at the University of Colorado, a respected climate scientist, reveals that he was one of seven academics being being investigated by Rep. Raul Grijalva, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources. Grijalva wants to know all university financial disclosure policies that are applicable to Pielke, detailed information about any sources of external funding and grants he may have received, as well as any communications related to external funding. He also wants copies of any speeches and testimony before lawmakers Pielke has delivered, as well as salary and travel expense information.

      I am Under “Investigation”. So far, I have been contacted by only 2 reporters at relatively small media outlets. I’d say that the lack of interest in a politician coming after academics is surprising, but to be honest, pretty much nothing surprises me in the climate debate anymore. Even so, there is simply no excuse for any reporter to repeat incorrect claims made about me, given how easy I am to find and just ask.

      Experts Smeared by Media and Greenpeace for Debunking Global Warming. A not so funny, but somewhat predictable, event occurred after Dr. Matt Briggs co-authored a major peer-reviewed climate physics paper that exposed significant errors in the billion-dollar computer models used by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Briggs and his colleagues were smeared by the New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post and the Boston Globe because the revealed errors suggest that there is no climate crisis after all.

      Study: Reporters told to stop covering ‘irrelevant’ climate change critics. A new study of how environmental reporters cover global warming and climate change reveals that they see the issue as one America has endorsed and, as a result, no longer include critics in their reports because they are “generally irrelevant.” And the orders are coming from editors. What’s more, the study from George Mason University found that climate change reporters are weaving their coverage into stories on broader issues to get around editors who don’t want a lot of reports on global warming.[/i]

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