14 October 2011 at 11:57:40 AM
No global warming? Rick Perry 's appointees at TCEQ DOCTORED a scientific report.
A long-awaited report on Galveston Bay is being delayed by accusations that Texas' environmental agency deleted references from a scientific article to climate change, people's impact on the environment and sea-level rise.
John Anderson, the Maurice Ewing professor of oceanography at Rice University and author of the article, accused the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality of basing its decision to delete certain references on politics rather than science.
"I don't think there is any question but that their motive is to tone this thing down as it relates to global (climate) change," Anderson said. "It's not about the science. It's all politics."
The article has several references to climate change but does not say it is caused by humans. However, other references to the impact people have had on the environment were deleted by TCEQ.
TCEQ spokeswoman Andrea Morrow gave no reason for the deletions in an e-mail response, saying only that the agency disagreed with information in the article.
"It would be irresponsible to take whatever is sent to us and publish it," she said.
Here's more on that from Mother Jones
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.
John Anderson, the oceanographer at Rice University who wrote the chapter, 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 and embedded at the end of this story. As the document shows, most of the tracked changes came from Katherine Nelson, the assistant director in the water quality planning division. Her boss, Kelly Holligan, is listed as a reviewer on the document as well.
The scientists, EVERY SINGLE ONE, has said they want their names removed from the document.
Officials in Rick Perry's home state of Texas have set off a scientists' revolt after purging mentions of climate change and sea-level rise from what was supposed to be a landmark environmental report. The scientists said they were disowning the report on the state of Galveston Bay because of political interference and censorship from Perry appointees at the state's environmental agency.
By academic standards, the protest amounts to the beginnings of a rebellion: every single scientist associated with the 200-page report has demanded their names be struck from the document. "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.
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1 - Forest
22 Oct 2011 @ 6:19:51 PM
Few people (and most politicians) are unable or unwilling to understand the basics of the scientific method and its peer reviewed authenticity. It is important that, voters at least, now do so. Learning the "hard way" will, otherwise be very painful. When scientists voice concern that Texas (and most of the southern mid-west USA) are moving toward permanent drought, extreme water shortage, and crop failure exacerbated by an increase in pathogenci desease, then the choice is to do something tangible about it; or pray. The latter has not yet worked and there is no evidence anywhere to expect that it will. Putting one's faith in fossil fuel companies to take care of the the state is not a great plan either. It seems that research grants and evil scientists are less trustworthy than oil and coal barons whose soul purpose for being is to take care of us. Their profits are a sideline. It won't stay like that for long. Within the next 8 years, the population will wake up, or move, god knows where, or fight over increasingly scarce resources. Think not? Then now is the time to buy up massive amounts of Texas real estate. Go for it.
2 - Forest
23 Oct 2011 @ 2:11:59 PM
Perhaps scientists in Texas will find they are more valued and productive in other states, or even in other countries where leaders take them seriously. The market place in play. Texas will get what it pays for. Facts, truth or delusion. Pick one.
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