Sunday, April 22, 2007

Book-burning in Washington DC, 2007 AD

The anti-science nature of the Bush Administration is well known. Their latest assault involves manoeuvring that withdraws chemical research libraries from scientist and researchers. And lawyers. A briefing paper for the agency enforcement director concludes that the loss of library access will substantially impede investigations and prosecutions of polluters.

EPA Casts Environmental Information to the Wind

Commentary By Lee Russ

Watching the Watchers

Does it make sense to dismantle a system of 26 technical libraries essential to research on the environment in order to save $1.5 million from a more-than-$8 billion budget?

A lot of people don't think so, according to a piece by Jeff Ruch in Summit Daily. Ruch writes:
A petition, signed by the presidents of 16 local unions representing at least 10,000 EPA scientists, engineers, environmental protection specialists and support staff, charged that the intent behind the library closures was simply "to suppress information on environmental and public-health related topics." But the effort to hamstring the EPA goes beyond libraries and includes diverting money away from research, offering early retirement to senior scientists and ultimately closing down research laboratories.
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