Thursday, November 28, 2013

In the mood for some nice government-speak? EPA appoints new “Scientific Integrity Official”

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Well, we can all rest a little uneasier today: thanks to a new EPA appointee, there will be a sudden and profound uptick in the environmental agency’s integrity when evaluating research and formulating scientific policies. Not.
In announcing the creation of a new Orwellian-sounding position called the “scientific integrity official,” EPA administrator Gina McCarthy says, “Dr. [Francesca] Grifo brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to EPA that will help continue our work to implement the agency’s scientific integrity policy. Science is, and continues, to be the backbone of this agency and the integrity of our science is central to the identity and credibility of our work.”  But Dr. Francesca Grifo comes from The Union of Concerned Luddites, um, Scientists — a group that is pretty much against anything resembling progress. So, it is reasonable to ask whether the real goal here is “integrity” or “agenda.”  ….. ACSH’s Dr. Josh Bloom asks, “Am I being paranoid in believing that this new position has nothing to do with integrity, but rather, is simply a way to rubber stamp current and future unscientific, regressive EPA policies under the guise of impartial science? Forget the fox and the henhouse. This is more like Godzilla guarding Tokyo.” .....To Read More...

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