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More [U.S. Dept of] Interior Scientists Are Taking Heat
New York Times ^ | Sept 22, 2011 | Felicity Barringer

Posted on 09/21/2011 5:32:01 PM PDT by WilliamIII

Scores of scientists work for the Interior Department on issues involving birds and bees, foxes and foxgloves, and all manner of other species and their habitats. But in the eyes of the general public they tend to be virtually anonymous, at best names in italics at the end of a Federal Register notice.

Nonetheless, a spotlight has been trained recently on a few department employees: some National Park Service scientists at Point Reyes National Seashore on California’s northern coast, and an Arctic wildlife biologist working for the Anchorage office of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. And this week, two Interior fish biologists were excoriated as deceitful zealots in an unusual diatribe by a federal judge, Oliver W. Wanger.

(Excerpt) Read more at green.blogs.nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: anchorage; biologists; fishbiologists; perjury; scientists

1 posted on 09/21/2011 5:32:04 PM PDT by WilliamIII
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To: WilliamIII

So why didn’t the judge sanction the “scientists” for lying to the court under oath?


2 posted on 09/21/2011 5:37:47 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Truth29

The judge has to go after their agencies ~ kinda’ hard when you work for the same cappo.


3 posted on 09/21/2011 6:19:19 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

This judge is a Bush appointee and is retiring Sept.30 and apparently doesn’t care who gets ticked. God love the man!!!


4 posted on 09/21/2011 7:18:40 PM PDT by WePledge (Ich werde fur immer ein Hollenhund werden. Semper Fidelis)
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To: WilliamIII

I live on a lake that used to be a prime rainbow trout lake. People who lived there before me talked about sitting on the shore watching the fish jump. Then an unusualy cold spell came one year and froze the lake very deep. The fish ran out of oxygen and killed them all off. Now for a few years, all there is, is minnows.

So I decided to try and get a bucket of fingerlings from the State fish hatchery. I called them to see if I could get some fish. They asked me my name and then I was threatened with prison time! The guy on the phone said he had my name, and if fish showed up in that lake he would send the cops. Said it took a Team of Scientists to figure out what species to put in a lake. He said they would look at the lake and discuss if it needed stocking. That was two years ago now.

I guess it takes a long time for a Team of Scientists to figure out what species famous rainbow trout lake should have, or if zero fish means the fish need restocking.

Silly me, I figured it needed rainbow trout... Goes to show you how dumb a civilian can be when faced with a goobermint decision with a team of scientists being paid to, er, decide, someday, eventually.


5 posted on 09/21/2011 8:01:57 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: WilliamIII

“Our [the Department of Interior] priority is simple and clear: to help the population recover in wet years like this –- activities supported by science and the law -– as part of our overall efforts to improve the long-term health of the delta for water users, fish and wildlife, and communities across California,” the spokesman, Adam Fetcher, said.

That’s the challenge, then, balancing science and the law. Liberals have set up an environmental legal system that disadvantages people and the truth. Species extinction is normal and largely without negative effect. It is humans that are most harmed by environmentalism.


6 posted on 09/22/2011 3:01:26 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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