This is related to the proposed listing of the polar bear, something that has a lot to do with climate change.

The New York Times got a copy of a USFWS memo, and it shows the DOI’s continuing subordination of science to Administration politics — employees need authorization to speak about the issue.

Here is the article in the NYT.

 
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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

One Response to US Fish and Wildlife Service issues instructions to biologists in politically correct method of discussing climate change

  1. avatar kt says:

    Well, this Dirk Kempthorne Interior Department continued Soviet-style repression of biologists and science shows that the Fish and Wildlife Service simply can not be trusted to do anything based on science, and must kowtow to industry.

    At the afternoon session of the wolf hearings, Mr. Bangs kept assuring the public that if things go awry with wolves once they are released into the hands of the Butch Otter Slaughter in Idaho, FWS would act to restore federal protection. Until every one of the Bush political hacks is out of positions of power, and the country is headed in a new direction, this assurance is a joke. Just like Big Oil muzzles how FWS employees talk about climate change, the Public Lands Ranching and Whining Industry runs wolf issues in FWS, including even what FWS considers “suitable habitat”.

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