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Monday, June 20, 2005

The assault on Science Part II

As if Phillip Cooney wasn't enough. As if his new job at ExxonMobil, just annouced last week, wasn't enough evidence who he was really working for. Here is the Bush administration AGAIN editing out scientific studies and doing whatever they damn well please. These studies are paid for by your tax dollars? Does anyone even care anymore? My God, I'm starting to get fatigued with all this stuff, thats when you know its bad!

The Bush administration altered critical portions of a scientific
analysis of the environmental impact of cattle grazing on public lands
before
announcing Thursday that it would relax regulations limiting grazing
on those
lands, according to scientists involved in the study.

A government biologist and a hydrologist, who both retired this year from
the Bureau of Land Management, said their conclusions that the proposed new
rules might adversely affect water quality and wildlife, including endangered
species, were excised and replaced with language justifying less stringent
regulations favored by cattle ranchers.

Grazing regulations, which affect 160 million acres of public land in
the Western U.S., set the conditions under which ranchers may use that land,
and
guide government managers in determining how many cattle may graze,
where and for how long without harming natural resources.

The original draft of the environmental analysis warned that the new
rules would have a "significant adverse impact" on wildlife, but that phrase was removed.
The bureau now concludes
that the grazing regulations are "beneficial to animals."

Eliminated from the final draft was another conclusion that read: "The
Proposed Action will have a slow, long-term adverse impact on wildlife and
biological diversity in general."Also removed was language saying how a number
of the rule changes could adversely affect endangered species.

As taught in seventh grade and onward, scientific study goes in this order:

Hypothsis/Objective, Method, experimentation, CONCLUSION.

Science in the Bush era? Conclusion comes first and then if the science doesn't follow, just lie.

1 Comments:

Blogger z said...

Fatigue is part of the problem for people that try to send warnings.
Everyday you scan, read and analyze the unbelievable volume of garbage that the news spews out and then try to sit and write a post that sounds halfway logical.
Does anybody read it?
Does anyone even care?
People like ourselves, that spend time, (too much time some might argue), trying to read all the info that we can know better than most how much crap there is out there in the world.
It would be far easier to just let it go, like everyone else.
If they don't care, why should we?
Therein lies the fatigue.
It's a little like banging your head against a wall repeatedly, day in and day out.
What can we do?
Have another cup of coffee and proceed.
It seems clear to me that SOMEONE is listening, because lately the tides seem to be changing.
Have you seen the shrub's approval ratings recently?

8:27 PM  

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