Texas Censors Environmental Report

A Texas environmental commission removed mentions of sea level rise and human impacts on climate change in an upcoming environmental report on Galveston Bay.

Tia Ghose
Nov 15, 2011

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has reportedly censored a report on climate change in Galveston Bay. But some people aren’t happy with the removal of climate change discussion: more than 5,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org to stop the censorship.

Rice University professor John Anderson, who helped write the report, told the Houston Chronicle in October that the agency deleted references to sea level changes and human impacts on climate change. Among the edits: the agency deleted a reference to sea levels rising in Galveston Bay by 3 millimeters a year, compared with the historical average of 0.5 millimeters per year.

When researchers who conducted the study complained, the agency offered to remove the controversial chapter altogether—a solution the researchers weren’t happy with. Two other researchers also told the Chronicle that they did not want their names on the report because of the revisions

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