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.


Hooray … the powers-that-be have found a solution to the growing number of natural disasters most likely related to climate change: ignore them.

Catastrophic flooding that’s displaced three-quarters of a million people in Pakistan? That’s last year’s news, isn’t it? Must be, considering that media coverage — and international response — has been so hard to find.

But apparently torrential and deadly monsoon rains have been flooding many of the same districts of Pakistan as they did in 2011. And it’s been going on for the past three months. We’re just not hearing about it so much anymore.

If you ignore it, “they” (ie, climate disasters, poor people, inconvenient truths, social injustices, etc.) will go away, it seems.