Another Bush Slap in the Face of Science

Pygmy rabbit and one of 15 known policy victims.

Above: Pygmy rabbit and one of 15 known policy victims.

With the Bush Administration’s abysmal efforts on global warming and climate change (i.e. politics trumping science) it should come as little surprise to learn that the Interior Department has discovered that measures were taken by agency authorities to stymie the process of naming wildlife to the the endangered species list, with The New York Times citing former deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks Julie Macdonald as the most egregious offender. Macdonald has since resigned but is accused of deleting e-mails from lobbyists and ignoring scientific information that could have placed some 15 species, including the pygmy rabbit, on the endangered list. And director of the scientific integrity program at the Union of Concerned Scientists Francesca Grifo told the Times that this behavior is merely characteristic of the Bush Administration: “Over and over again, in agency after agency, we’ve seen where special interests bump up against scientific determinations, the science is set aside.” With the public growing desensitized to the Bush Administration’s mounting number of misdeeds, let’s not allow the media to “set aside” this story, too.

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One response to “Another Bush Slap in the Face of Science

  1. thirdpartypirate

    The politics of the endangered species list has been going on for decades but the neglect of the Bush Administration in taking notice must be corrected. It seems Obama’s cabinet could be a step in the right direction.

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