Tuesday, December 16, 2008
A Tale of Two AdministrationsOn Monday President-elect Obama unveiled more appointments, his energy and environmental team, including Nobel-prize-winning physicist Stephen Chu. Obama says that Chu's appointment "should send a signal to all that my administration will value science. We will make decisions based on the facts, and we understand that facts demand bold action" unlike, say, the current administration. Monday also brought this story from the NY Times...
WASHINGTON — The inspector general of the Interior Department has found that agency officials often interfered with scientific work in order to limit protections for species at risk of becoming extinct, reviving attention to years of disputes over the Bush administration’s science policies.The Bush Administration's War on Science has been detailed in many other posts here, but it all seems even more troubling when talking about endangered species. Let's hope the Obama Administration (I'm liking the sound of that more and more), including the soon to be named Interior Secretary nominee Ken Salazar gets busy on this on Day One.
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