Decisions on species to be reviewed. Methods of Interior official who resigned in question. Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Here is yet another example of the Administration ignoring science to the detriment of our plants, fish and wildlife. This is not the first time Julie MacDonald, a former Interior Department official in charge reviewing ESA petitions has been in the news, but now the Department of Interior feels it must go back and look at 8 of her decisions.

 
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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.

2 Responses to Decisions on potential endangered species by disgraced Administration official to be reviewed

  1. avatar Mike Wolf says:

    From the article:

    “The real culprit here is not a renegade political appointee,” Grifo said. “The real culprit is a process where decisions are made behind closed doors.”

    Gee, ya think?

    Hmmm…decisions such as, delisting, downlisting, and modifications to the 10j rule with regards to wolves and the NRMWRP?

    Why in the heck can’t people out there recognize what the Bush administration is doing? The whole administration needs to be impeached, and immediately.

    Want to help wolf recovery, write to your congressman and demand that they impeach Bush AND Cheney.

  2. You’re right. It’s not closed doors so much as policy-makers subverting the laws because they have a wildlife and conservation unfriendly value system.

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