Tell Texas: Respect Scientists, Publish Uncensored Environmental Report
  • Petitioned Galveston Bay Estuary Program, TCEQ

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Galveston Bay Estuary Program, TCEQ
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Tell Texas: Respect Scientists, Publish Uncensored Environmental Report

    1. Mobi Warren
    2. Petition by

      Mobi Warren

      San Antonio, TX

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December 2011

Victory

Officials with the Texas’s state environmental agency have agreed to include climate change and sea-level rise in a Rice University oceanographer’s contribution to the state’s upcoming report about the health of Galveston Bay.

In October, scientists who wrote and edited the chapter called the changes political censorship of mainstream science, and refused to have their names published with it.

Mobi Warren, a 5th-grade science and math teacher from San Antonio, launched a petition on Change.org that attracted almost 11,000 signatures, and helped to raise a public outcry calling for officials to restore the unedited chapter.  In December, the scientists reached a deal with the agency that they called a win for science-based public policy and that will allow the report to be published. They credited the public outcry with helping them reach the deal.

Mobi Warren said this about her victory: “I’m gratified that Texas officials heard the public outcry from the petition and science has won the day.

I would like to thank all those who signed and circulated the petition. You helped make a difference! I encourage all of us to continue to press for meaningful action on climate change. Public policy on climate change needs to be science-based – we cannot tolerate censorship.”

It’s clear that Governor Rick Perry and his appointees at TCEQ, the state environmental agency, don’t “believe” in the serious global and local threats of climate change, despite extreme floods and droughts affecting our state in recent years.

But that belief doesn’t give political appointees the right to censor established scientific facts.

A Rice University scientist, Professor John Anderson, revealed to The Houston Chronicle that TCEQ officials heavily edited the chapter he’d been commissioned to write for the upcoming “State of the Bay” report about the health of Texas’s Galveston Bay. In the edited document, he revealed, officials removed references to global warming and its link to sea level rise, which is severely threatening crucial flood-protection wetlands around the Bay.

I am a 5th-grade public school math and science teacher with a Masters in Science Education. I am also, as a citizen, active on issues related to raising awareness about and solutions to climate change.

Professor Anderson recently said: “I think the travesty here is that this chapter was actually written for teachers. They're my target audience, and this to me is just an outward attempt to keep scientific information, scientific fact, from getting into classrooms.”

So far, TCEQ is unapologetic about removing sea level rise information from the draft report, saying it is “unsettled science” that is beyond the scope of the report.

This attitude is bad news for our children and bad news for Galveston Bay.

Please join me, as well as many scientists and citizens in Texas, who are calling on TCEQ to publish the complete report when it releases the final version, including the COMPLETE unedited, scientifically-accepted references to sea level rise.

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      Mobi Warren
      Petition Organizer

      Looks like this petition may be having some effect -- let's see if we can get to 7,500 signatures this week.

    3. The petition is in the news!

      Mobi Warren
      Petition Organizer

      Momentum on the petition is building. Thanks for your support in getting the word out that TCEQ censorship of scientists' peer-reviewed work is unacceptable. Public awareness about the reality and human causation of climate change is essential and urgent if we are to work on solutions as a state, nation, and world.

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    • Victoria Molinari POULSBO, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      "The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago... had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands."-Henry Havelock Ellis

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    • William Prout WYNANTSKILL, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      Perfect example of how big-business-funded politics deviously undermines efforts to educate about the need, let alone enact measures, for environmental reform.

      We're all doomed if Rick Perry (Bush's more evil cousin) makes it to office...

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    • ze johnson LANCE CREEK, WY
      • almost 3 years ago

      We the people have a right to know. We should NOT have to search for the truth It should be readily available to all citizens. If we knew the truth as soon as scientists reveal it, we could do a lot more to save our earth. Stop censorship of vital environmental findings as well as all other scientific news.

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      • almost 3 years ago

      It's revolting how dumb Rick Perry is...elected by a bunch of dumbass Texans who practice daily hating. Now we learn that he's issuing fake environmental rpts. Rick~~stop CYAing & go get that 8th-grade science book you flunked & re-read it. Your mini brain & dick were hidden 'til you entered debates & now everyone in U.S. knows you have a room-temperature I.Q. ..& are nasty & threaten people much smarter than you. W, then you~~Texans have proven they're idiots & haters [which is why 49 states hate y'all] , garnellprostinak@gmail.com 12/17/11

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    • Joanne Doherty BURTON, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      Shocking attempt by public servants to keep information from the public.

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