For liberals and those who manipulate them, facts, including scientific facts, can often be a nuisance. So, in the pursuit of their agendas, they can be ruthless with those who have professional integrity; i.e., those who believe in real science and not science fiction. A case in point was recently reported by Townhall. It has nothing to do with the science fiction of anthropological global warming come climate change scare. This story has to do with another Obama administrator promoting an agenda and firing government scientist who had the audacity to report scientific reasons for not following the agenda. The administrator in question is Ken Salazar, Obama’s Secretary of the Interior. Mr. Salazar wants to tear out four dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and spend $1 billion in environmental reclamation of the Klamath River Valley. When his own scientists reported scientific reasons why that was a bad idea, he fired them or had them transferred. From the Townhall article we learn:
Something’s amiss at the Department of Interior. Eight government scientists were recently fired or reassigned after voicing concerns to their superiors about faulty environmental science used for policy decisions. Which begs the question, “Are some government agencies manipulating science to advance political agendas?”
A case in point is the story of DOI science adviser and scientific integrity officer, Dr. Paul Houser, who found out that by simply doing his job can be hazardous to one’s career. Dr. Houser is an expert in hydrology who was hired by DOI’s Bureau of Reclamation to evaluate scientific data used in the department’s decision making process. He was assigned several Western State projects including a scheme to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River in Northern California—the largest dam removal project in U.S. history. When a summary of science posted on the web to support DOI’s claim for removal of the dams omitted several crucial factors from expert panel reports, Dr. Houser brought his concerns to his superiors. He was repeatedly told to refrain from sharing his concerns through electronic communication, which could be subject to Freedom of Information Act discovery.
Dr. Houser learned firsthand that policy was driving the science, rather than the other way around, when he was told by his superiors at DOI, “Secretary Salazar wants to remove those dams. So your actions here aren’t helpful.”
According to the DOI the premise for Klamath River dams removal is to restore Coho salmon spawning habitat above the dams. However, official DOI documents reveal scientific concerns that dam removal may, in fact, result in species decline based on millions of tons of toxic sediment build up behind the dams that will make its way to the ocean. Water temperature increases without the dams could also negatively impact the salmon. These studies were ignored. Concerns about the human toll and impact to local Klamath Basin communities were also brushed aside. Those most interested in the well-being of the environment they live and work in, were given a backseat to special interests thousands of miles away.
Dr. Houser did the right thing. He did his job. His integrity as a scientist was more important than a paycheck. But he remains concerned about his colleagues in DOI, “There are a lot of good scientists that work for the government but they are scared, they are scared that what happened to me might happen to them. This is an issue (about) the honesty and transparency of government and an issue for other scientists in government who want to speak out.” A few weeks ago Dr. Houser settled a wrongful discharge case with the DOI. Terms of his settlement are not public.
Okay! I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Secretary Salazar could care less about the poor Coho Salman that can not spawn in the Klamath River due to these four dams. For one, these dams have been in place for about one hundred years. Secondly, the Coho salmon is hardly an endangered specie. The Coho and other varieties of salmon are very adaptable. For example, the Coho and the Chinook and the Pink salmon were introduced into the Great Lakes back in the 70’s and have adapted very well. In the opinion of this humble observer of the asylum we all have to live in, Mr. Salazar is just trying to be a good soldier. His boss, America’s first 57 Star General, Barack Obama, promised the minions that electricity prices would skyrocket and Salazar is only doing his small part to make the promise come true. After all, he can’t let the EPA get all of glory. Who knows? If Secretary Salazar succeeds with this scam, maybe he’ll go after the Hoover dam next.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?