White House Bars Science

Wildlife scientists in government agencies have been ordered not to analyze whether greenhouse gases affect endangered animals. Lester Graham reports.

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Wildlife scientists in government agencies have been ordered not to analyze whether greenhouse gases affect endangered animals. Lester Graham reports:

Memos from Bush political appointees are telling government scientists there's no way to make a connection between specific greenhouse gas emissions and endangered wildlife, so don't going looking for one.

In other words, that ice melting in the arctic causing polar bears so much difficulty? Don't try to use science to blame coal-burning power plants in the U.S.

Jeff Ruch is with Public Employees for Envrionemental Responsibility. He says this new rule is the Bush administration's way of making sure more coal-fired power plants can be built.

"The Bush administration is doing everything they can to smooth a way to site an additional 20 plants in the near term from their point of view, before they leave office. And that's an awful lot of greenhouse gases and that's where the fight is."

This ruling will likely be overturned in the courts, eventually - but probably not before the coal-burning plants have been approved.

For The Environment Report, this is Lester Graham.

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