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Perry Officials Altered Scientific Study, Removed Climate Change Mentions

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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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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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