Environmental officials from Texas governor Rick Perry's presidential campaign doctored a report on rising sea levels in Galveston Bay to remove references to climate change, according to the researchers who wrote the paper. Scientists from the Houston Advanced Research Center said they refused to let the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality publish the edited version of the report. "This is simply antithetical to what a scientist does," said Jim Lester, HARC's CEO. "We can't be censored." The TCEQ is run by Perry appointee Bryan Shaw, a vocal denier of human-caused global warming. Mother Jones has tracked the changes to the document on their website.
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