Rick Perry officials spark revolt after doctoring environment report


Scientists ask for names to be removed after mentions of climate change and sea-level rise taken out by Texas officials

Rick Perry's administration deleted references to climate change and sea-level rise from the report.

Rick Perry's administration deleted references to climate change and sea-level rise from the report. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

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.

More (Click here),, US environment correspondent, guardian.co.uk, Friday 14 October 2011

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2 Responses to Rick Perry officials spark revolt after doctoring environment report

  1. Alan Burke says:

    See also “Scientists confront Perry administration over censorship in Texas – October 14, 2011

    It remains unclear what will come of a coastal assessment that has been censored by the administration of Texas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry to remove references to rising sea levels, among other things. But scientists involved in the affair say they have learned their lesson.

    “People who do research on the gulf coast need to be more organized,” says John Anderson, an oceanographer at Rice University in Houston. “Then when things like this happen you have a body of scientists who can speak out and say this is unacceptable.” …

    A handful of scientists drew up the full report, and Lester says he expects everybody involved to stand with Anderson and withhold their names from the publication. TCEQ officials declined to answer questions Friday but provided an email response indicating that the report contained “information… that we disagree with.” The statement goes on to say that TCEQ called for the removal of the entire chapter, which was beyond the scope of the report and “inconsistent with current Agency policy.”

  2. Pingback: Globe and Mail Censorship of Online Commentary | ClimateInsight

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