If taxpayers along Galveston Bay were looking for straight talk about their future from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, they have been disappointed. The state agency has censored a long-awaited report on rising water levels in the bay because the author referred to global warming.
The writer, John Anderson, a professor of oceanography at Rice University, says state officials edited his report because of political reasons, not scientific ones. “They just went through the document and deleted, deleted, deleted,” he said.
Some conservatives don’t believe that global warming propelled by emissions of greenhouse gases is causing sea levels to rise worldwide. Most scientists believe otherwise – and point to sea levels that have indeed risen.
Property owners along Galveston Bay need the truth about rising water levels, whether it ruffles any political feathers or not. The state’s environmental agency should be leading that quest, not impeding it.