The new devil’s dictionary

In Texas, reality is apparently “inconsistent with current agency policy.”

It would be hysterically funny if it weren’t so darned sad, pathetic and dangerous: upon being questioned about the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s near-complete elimination of any scientific references to climate change and rising sea levels in a 200-page report on the state of Galveston Bay, a spokesperson essentially said that peer-reviewed science is “inconsistent with current agency policy.” A s a result, every one of the scientists who contributed to the report has asked that his or her name be removed from the publication.


“Unfavorable tree symptoms.” Hats off to DuPont for crafting this fine PR expression to describe the many dead tree left in the wake of its now-banned weed-killer Imprelis.