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Texas Censors Climate Change Report

Doc Ruby (173196) writes | about 3 years ago

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Doc Ruby (173196) writes "Rick Perry's Texas government censored a scientific report the state commissioned that showed human activity pushed climate change to raise sea levels recently in Galveston Bay:

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, including famed global warming denier Bryan Shaw, has contracted with the Houston Advanced Research Center to produce regular reports on the state of the Bay. 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. [...] TCEQ 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.

HARC refused to allow Texas to publish the censored report, saying "It would not have said anything.""
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Of all of the places that this should matter... (1)

Covalent (1001277) | about 3 years ago | (#37712814) would think Texas would be high on the list. Major hurricane risk, huge coastal population, long history of catastrophic floods and storm surges. A good Texas governor would see the long term risks for his state and act to prevent or mitigate those to the best of his ability.

Oh wait, there I go using rational thought again.
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