Wednesday, December 13, 2006

USGS Scientists Concerned About Being Muzzled

An AP newswire article by John Heilprin, via MSNBC, reports that:

The Bush administration is clamping down on scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, the latest agency subjected to controls on research that might go against official policy.

New rules require screening of all facts and interpretations by agency scientists who study everything from caribou mating to global warming. The rules apply to all scientific papers and other public documents, even minor reports or prepared talks, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Top officials at the Interior Department’s scientific arm say the rules only standardize what scientists must do to ensure the quality of their work and give a heads-up to the agency’s public relations staff.

More here.

Sounds like bullshit to me, given that this has also occurred to NOAA scientists who have spoken out on global warming, etc.


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