Perry Administration Accused of Censoring Science

By Brian Resnick
In Texas, it now appears climate-change denial is official policy.

When John Anderson, an independent scientist, presented research to be included in a state survey, he was outraged to discover Texas officials had altered his findings. His peer-reviewed study concluded that the Galveston Bay was rising at an accelerating rate, implicating global warming, but an edited copy left those details out. Earlier this week, Mother Jones reported: 

Top environmental officials under Perry have gutted a recent report on sea level rise in Galveston Bay, removing all mentions of climate change.... 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...

TCEQ [Texas Commission on Environmental Quality] even deleted a reference to the fact that the bay is currently rising by 3 millimeters a year-five times faster than the long-term average. The edited version that TCEQ sent back also killed a line noting that the bay's "future will be strongly regulated by the now rising sea," as well as the factual assertion that the disappearance of the wetlands is "due mainly to direct human intervention."

Anderson refused to let the state publish his edited research, saying it would damage his scientific credibility. Mother Jones obtained a PDF of a draft that highlights the TCEQ changes. If the document is genuine, it is condemning.

Read the whole story on Mother Jones.

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