February 10, 2005

Fish are political?

More than 200 scientists employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say they have been directed to alter official findings to lessen protections for plants and animals, a survey released Wednesday says.


More than half of the biologists and other researchers who responded to the survey said they knew of cases in which commercial interests, including timber, grazing, development and energy companies, had applied political pressure to reverse scientific conclusions deemed harmful to their business.

Bush administration officials, including Craig Manson, an assistant secretary of the Interior who oversees the Fish and Wildlife Service, have been critical of the 1973 Endangered Species Act, contending that its implementation has imposed hardships on developers and others while failing to restore healthy populations of wildlife.

Isn't that nice? Commerce über alles, and to hell with the fish and game.

Read the whole thing (it's the LA Times: here's BugMeNot). If you don't like what you read, let your Congressbeast know.

Posted by Linkmeister at February 10, 2005 10:59 AM