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Whooo in Government Falsified Owl Data?
| March 15, 2002
| By The Dome
Posted on 03/18/2002 7:35:36 AM PST by madfly
3/15/2002 10:04:51 AM MST By The Dome
Location: ENVIRONMENT PLANNING UNDER THE DOME
Cooking the books can land an accountant in the slammer. Cooking the environment however, if youre a member of the Cult of Conservation, is just business as usual.Hot on the heels of the scandal involving the falsification of government "scientific" reports on lynx populations in the Northwest comes evidence that U.S. Forest Service officials knowingly used false data on spotted owl habitats to block logging in a California forest.
The revelation comes from court documents obtained by the Washington Times.
The agency did not have a "rational basis" for halting a timber sale, according to the previously undisclosed ruling of Federal Claims Court Judge Lawrence S. Margolis, who called the action "arbitrary" and "capricious."
This revelation of junk science follows other questionable actions taken by federal officials in the name of protecting endangered species.
In addition to false samples in the lynx survey and falsified data on spotted owl habitats, faulty information was uncovered in a study of endangered fish species -- and used as justification to deny water to farmers in several states.
The federal government has already had to pay out $15 million to more than 30 lumber companies in compensation for falsifying spotted owl data, which led to canceled timber sales.
In addition, the federal government agreed last week to pay one company another $9.5 million for canceling four sales - a cancellation the judge found to be "arbitrary, capricious and without rational basis."
He also found that the officials knew their findings were faulty at the time they ordered the sales canceled.
One so-called spotted owl expert, Gerry Verner, testified that after driving through vast swaths of forests, it was his "gestalt notion" that there were spotted owls around -- although he never saw any.
(If you cant see the similarities to whats happening in Pima County you may need glasses. This same ethic and apparently the same type of manipulation already has cost taxpayers many millions of dollars with no end in sight ED)
TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: environment; esa; propertyrights; spottedowl
posted on 03/18/2002 7:35:36 AM PST
To: marsh2; dixiechick2000; Mama_Bear; poet; Grampa Dave; doug from upland; WolfsView; Issaquahking...
posted on 03/18/2002 7:36:05 AM PST
The rules that citizens must live by are not the rules that apply to government employees. We break the law and we are crucifued. They break the law and get a letter in their employee personnel file. Equal justice? NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The biggies are in salmon and steelhead listings. Those are in many ways bogus too.
I am mystified at the federal agencies that are forced to pay huge monetary amounts because of corrupt employees. There is nothng in this article that says the corrupt employees were ever let go, or even disciplined. Business as usual!
The federal government has already had to pay out $15 million to more than 30 lumber companies in compensation for falsifying spotted owl data
If I falsified my income tax just .0001% as much as this, I would be spending the next 5 years in the slammer and paying a $25,000 fine.
Why aren't these "public servants" being held accountable for the felonious damage they knowingly do?
posted on 03/18/2002 8:00:09 AM PST
To: Free Vulcan
posted on 03/18/2002 11:07:44 AM PST
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