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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