December 13, 2016

Rick Perry: A climate change denier

Mother Jones  - [Rick] Perry disputes that climate change is both happening and is a consequence of human action. In his 2010 book, Fed Up!, he wrote that "we have been experiencing a cooling trend" and railed against Democrats who have embraced "so-called science" on climate change. He complained the Department of Defense had devoted three whole pages to the subject in an official threat-assessment report. He kept up his climate change denial during his ill-fated 2012 presidential campaign. "There are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects," he alleged during one campaign appearance.

As governor, Perry walked the walk. In 2011, Kate Sheppard (now with the Huffington Post) reported that Perry officials at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality had censored references to climate change in an official state report:
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, 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.

1 comment:

greg gerritt said...

My suggestion to my Senators is to ask simple questions like, did you pass High School physics and chemistry. If so, can you explain how Carbon dioxide works in the atmosphere. if not, would you like a refresher course.