Friday, February 11, 2005

More Fake Science From The Fake Administration That Employs Fake Reporters

This government memo urges scientists employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service not to answer a survey from Public Employees For Environmental Responsibility. As reported at the Union of Concerned Scientists website, the survey (which 14000 scientists answered anyway) found that

  • Nearly half of all respondents whose work is related to endangered species scientific findings (44 percent) reported that they "have been directed, for non-scientific reasons, to refrain from making jeopardy or other findings that are protective of species." One in five agency scientists revealed they have been instructed to compromise their scientific integrity-reporting that they have been "directed to inappropriately exclude or alter technical information from a USFWS scientific document;"
  • More than half of all respondents (56 percent) reported cases where "commercial interests have inappropriately induced the reversal or withdrawal of scientific conclusions or decisions through political intervention;" and
  • More than a third (42 percent) said they could not openly express "concerns about the biological needs of species and habitats without fear of retaliation" in public while nearly a third (30 percent) felt they could not do so even inside the confines of the agency. Almost a third (32 percent) felt they are not allowed to do their jobs as scientists.

See, this is what you get when the people in charge of the people who do scientific research are people who think that true knowledge is not obtained by careful observation and controlled experimentation, but by ideological bullying and reading the works of ancient desert nomads.

Here's a plan that has both educational and legislative value: when you find out that something is some particular way, don't just shout at people to pretend it's not that way. Otherwise you wind up looking a little too much like this guy.

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