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Perry Officials Altered Scientific Study, Removed Climate Change Mentions

Perry Officials Altered Scientific Study, Removed Climate Change Mentions
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Texas Governor Rick Perry takes pride in being a climate change denier, and his administration backs him up.

Top environmental officials under Perry have gutted a recent report on sea level rise in Galveston Bay, removing all mentions of climate change. For the past decade, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), which is run by Perry political appointees, has contracted with the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) to produce regular reports on the state of the Bay.

Official Deleted References To Human-Induced Climate Change

But when HARC submitted its most recent State of the Bay publication to the commission earlier this year, officials decided they couldn’t accept a report that said climate change is caused by human activity and is causing the sea level to rise. Top officials at the commission proceeded to edit the paper to censor its references to human-induced climate change or future projections on how much the bay will rise.

Every Single Scientist Proceeded To Disown The Report

Outraged by this censorship, every single scientist associated with the 200-page report has demanded his/her name be struck from the document.

From The Guardian:

“None of us can be party to scientific censorship so we would all have our names removed,” said Jim Lester, a co-author of the report and vice-president of the Houston Advanced Research Centre.

“To me it is simply a question of maintaining scientific credibility. This is simply antithetical to what a scientist does,” Lester said. “We can’t be censored.” Scientists see Texas as at high risk because of climate change, from the increased exposure to hurricanes and extreme weather on its long coastline to this summer’s season of wildfires and drought.

However, Perry, in his run for the Republican nomination and in spite of having earned a Bachelor of Science degree , has elevated denial of science to an art form. He opposes any regulation of industry, and has repeatedly challenged the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Texas Alone Refuses To Sign On To Greenhouse Gas Regulations

Texas is the only state to refuse to sign on to the federal government’s new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.

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7:10AM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

To Janice R.,
I'm glad to know that you and many other Texans don't support or endorse this moron. Vote the jerk OUT in the next election or find a way to remove him for malfeasance before that. We have the idiot Paul Broun here in GA and his own father called him crazy. We have more than our share of lying, greedy idiots here, none of whom I voted for. Unfortunately, we do have a high number of rednecks who can't see the forest for the trees. Just sayin'

Peace, Love and Light ;-)

6:06AM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

If 99% of all Texans despise Perry, just who is it that voted for this him?

10:45PM PDT on Oct 23, 2011

Who voted this mother@%& in?

2:20PM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

Gail, he is shiny :)

2:18PM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

there is no such thing as global warming and im gonna prove it you betcha.....
/sarcasm

as he crashes and burns....

7:22PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

Why bother with him? I cannot understand what the draw is . . .

1:48PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

Rick Perry is the Anti-Christ. 99% of all Texans know that.

1:46PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

Just a note, Rick Perry does not represent me or 99% of Texas citizens. We are not all redneck idiots or rich oil barons. We want him out of here as much as everybody else. I have said it before, he is the anti-Christ.

12:13PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

Who wants to read about what a moron thinks.

7:53AM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

Perry is all over the map and has lost his focus, but since he doesn't have any truth to speak is trying to convince us he's scientifically informed. Even Moses stayed on task!

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