Texas officials censored climate change report
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Texas: Texas officials have altered
a scientific report by deleting
mentions of human-induced climate change and rising sea levels.
The 2010 State of the [Galveston] Bay report
was delayed for a year by
disputes between two organizations:
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
2. Scientists at
the Houston Advanced Research Center.
SHARC is under contract provide the state with regular
reports on Galveston bay.
John Anderson is an oceanographer at Rice University in Texas.
He says the chapter he wrote for the report was edited by TCEQ.
The cuts reflected what he called the "denial" in Texas about the effects of global warming.
"They just simply went through and summarily struck out any
reference to climate change, any reference to sea level rise, any
reference to human influence -- it was edited or eliminated,"
Anderson said. "That's not scientific review, that's
just straightforward censorship."
Bryan Shaw heads the Texas
Commission on Environmental Quality. He says the
scientific arguments that humans are causing climate
change is a hoax.
Shaw was appointed by Texas governor Rick Perry, who has
publicly said that science is inconclusive.
Three scientists involved in the paper
names removed from the version edited by Texas.
"We feel it would impact our credibility as
scientists on something where the data on sea-level rise has been
censored," said Jim Lester, editor of the report.
Spokeswoman Andrea Morrow
says TCEQ disagreed with information in the article. "It would be irresponsible to take whatever is sent to us
and publish it," she said.
however, go against known scientific evidence.
facts about humans and climate change, TCEQ deleted a sentence
that said Galveston Bay water levels have been rising 5
faster than the long-term average.
"There's no denying the fact that
sea-level rise has significantly accelerated. The scientific
community is not at all divided on that issue," Anderson said.
"I don't think there is any question but that their
motive is to tone this thing down as it relates to
global (climate) change. It's not about the science. It's all
The news organization, Mother Jones, has published the report
tracked the changes. View it here:
Texas's Deletions to the State of the Bay Report 2010
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