Skip to comments.Environmental Scientist Caught Agreeing To Ignore Her Own Data, Make Up New Claims
Posted on 12/13/2011 12:19:01 PM PST by Mount Athos
Dr. Ann Maest is a managing scientist at Straus Consulting, and shes the go to expert on all things groundwater. In the press release announcing her reappointment to the National Academy of Sciences, they mention that she is focused on the environmental effects of mining and petroleum extraction and production, and, more recently, on the effects of climate change on water quality.
Maest is in high demand as an expert for those looking to stop oil and mineral exploration. Shes also heavily used by the federal government, even though after new details about her past work are coming to light as a result of a lawsuit. From The New York Times:
An environmental consulting firm named as a defendant in a racketeering suit filed by Chevron Corp. over a landmark pollution lawsuit in Ecuador is continuing to work on another blockbuster case: the Deepwater Horizon oil spill investigation.
Boulder, Colo.-based Stratus Consulting, a long-term contractor with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other federal agencies, is gathering and analyzing data concerning the Gulf of Mexico spill.
Chevron has is suing those behind the Ecuadorian case including: the lead attorney Steven Donziger; Stratus Consulting; and Maest. As part of their lawsuit, Chevron obtained through discovery, outtakes from a documentary called Crude that show Donziger and Maest colluding ignore their own findings and make up some new unsubstantiated claims. Watch this:
Maest says that in their study contamination has not spread and is only found at the site of the pit. Donziger says lets just extrapolate and say what we want. Maest readily agrees. Donziger goes on to say that its Ecuador and if they have 1000 people around the court house they win, the report is just smoke, mirrors, and bullshit.
Of course when youre endeavoring to pull off a multi-billion dollar legal heist in a banana republic you dont stop at just inventing damages; you stack the deck on the judicial side as well, since that just requires a little donation. What Chevron has been able to show from the outtakes and records obtained is the Maest and her firm drafted substantial portions of the report of the independent expert, Richard Cabrera, who they allege Donziger was instrumental in getting appointed to do the court order study of the alleged environmental damage. Sounds like a criminal enterprise to extort, right? Thats what Chevron thinks, and its why theyre suing under RICO.
In addition to being sued, Maests work (if thats what you want to call it) was thouroughly debunked by another team of scientists.
It is hardly a surprise that Donziger is an old Harvard buddy of, you guessed it, President Obama. Whats really surprising is that here we have a National Academy of Science member caught red-handed agreeing to make up data, and our government wants to give her more business.
Update: In the comments there was a question as to whether Maest was on board with Donzigers plan. See the video below and make up your own mind
The Environmental Scientist moniker also made up
really is a shame.
There are more of these anti-science scumbag whores than you want to know. Sad. Liberals.
Looks like a candidate for Newt’s new Governmental Environmental whatever.
Most of them take an “ends justifies the means” approach to the whole thing. I hear that a lot from enviroweanies.
These people in this film should be skinned alive and rolled in rock salt.
Liberals of all stripes (communists, socialists, statists, fascists, etc) ALL take an “ends justify the means” approach.
Whether they admit it, or get caught doing it, varies.
Take the WI recall going on here. There are people signing different recall petitions 80 times and bragging they are signing more than once.
But it is classic what they are doing.
Creating data out of nothing.
Only looking at data that support their positions.
Disqualifying data that rejects their positions.
Manipulating people by directly lying to them so as they make a different decision than they otherwise would.
These people are just wicked and evil people.
Put these socialist democrat frauds in Jail and throw away the key. Next swing over to the AGW/IPCC CO2 scammers. You will find the same fraud going on over their. The grants funding these type of PHONEY SCIENTISTIC STUDIES will only be stopped when we boot the SOCIALIST DEMOCRATIC FRAUDS who enable these SCAM ARTISTS to exist our on their idealogical rear ends in the next elections, staring with Obama.
Thanks Mount Athos.
enviro fraud bump for later.........