Cutting Through The Crap

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

When The Facts Get Tough...


Among the Republican presidential contenders, Rick Perry is hardly unique in his willingness to deny reality. It's just that he's a little less shy about making it obvious.

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.

Yet another example of today's Republicanism @ work.

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