John Anderson, the oceanographer at Rice University who wrote the chapter on sea levels rising at Galveston Bay, provided Mother Jones with a copy of the edited document, complete with tracked changes from top TCEQ officials. You can see the cuts—which include how much sea level rise has increased over the years, as well as the statement that this rise “is one of the main impacts of global climate change”—here.
From Mother Jones:
Anderson says that the cuts to his paper were political and had nothing to do with science. The research underlying the study was peer-reviewed and is part of a decadelong study Anderson has conducted in partnership with other scientists.
The Geological Society of America published the scientists’ results in 2008. “I was a bit astonished,” Anderson tells Mother Jones. “Really this paper is just a review of papers we published previously. There’s no denying the fact that sea level rise has significantly accelerated. The scientific community is not at all divided on that issue.”
Climate Change Acknowledged Worldwide, But Not In U.S.
Is Rick Perry so enamored of the big oil companies that he must deny climate change? In my native (and now Conservative) England, the government has a Department of Energy and Climate Change. In other parts of the world, legislation to control carbon emissions has been rolling out.
And yet in the United States, the Republican Party has managed to turn skepticism about man-made global warming into a requirement to be elected. What’s wrong with this picture?
As The New York Times reported today, a 2010 Pew survey showed that more than 70 percent of people in China, India and South Korea were willing to pay more for energy in order to address climate change. The number in the United States was 38 percent.
And here in the United States, candidate Rick Perry announced in a recent debate that “the science is not settled” on man-made global warming. So does that make it OK for him to lie about the evidence?
What do you think?
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