Judge urged to toss ruling that denied sage grouse protection. By Todd Dvorak. AP writer.
The oil and gas industry, Farm Bureau, and assorted developers seem to feel immensely threatened by efforts to conserve the sage grouse and with it the remainders of the former “sagebrush sea” of the West.
It may be that once again the Bush Administration shot itself in the foot in the person of Julie MacDonald, former deputy assistant for fish, wildlife and parks in the Dept. of Interior, who resigned two months ago after revelations that she ignored the findings of scientists, rewrote their recommendations, and in general interfered politically with their job of deciding whether the sage grouse (and other plants and animals) merited listing as “threatened” or “endangered.”
- Bush’s ex-surgeon general tells House panel he was muzzled. SF Chronicle. This has nothing to do with wildlife, but is another example that the political muzzling, deliberate ignorance of science, etc. in the Bush Administration does not apply only to wildlife and closely related policies.
- Bush Administration Muzzled Surgeon General. Science Blogs