Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) has stacked his administration with global warming deniers. As a result, scientific warnings about the threat of man-made climate change to Texans is being censored. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality expurgated mentions of sea level rise caused by global warming in a report on the future of Galveston Bay. The climate scientists involved have removed their names from the paper. At a hearing this week, the commissioners and the scientists publicly confronted each other. L’Oreal Stepney, deputy director of the Office of Water at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, told NPR the commission censored the report because climate change is “unsettled science“:
It’s unsettled science, in our opinion, and that’s our position, and we’ve been clear about that.
“I think the travesty here is that this chapter was actually written for teachers,” climate scientist John Anderson said at the hearing. “They’re my target audience, and this to me is just an outward attempt to keep scientific information, scientific fact, from getting into classrooms.”