The News According to RFK Jr.

9 05 2008

ALL THE NEWS THAT’S UNFIT TO PRINT, PT. II

Bobby’s back with another installment of “Unearthed: News the Mainstream Media Forgot to Report” on the Huffington Post this week.

Kennedy and co-blogger Brendan De Melle covered a mind-boggling array of news you won’t hear anywhere else in the latest column. So much news, in fact, it’s all rather difficult to digest in just one sitting…so we’ve decided to break it up into separate shorter stories which will run over the next few days here on this blog.

Here’s the first installment of this week’s “Unearthed” report:

UNEARTHED: NEWS THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA FORGOT TO REPORT

By Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle

The Huffington Post

Crimes Against Nature
Junk Science/Wolf Slaughter

At least 37 wolves have been killed in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming since the Bush Administration illegally delisted gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act, on March 28. The death toll could be even higher since kills are not required to be reported immediately. With the abolition of federal protection, the wolves are now being targeted under state laws that still classify wolves as “vermin” and allow unregulated wolf killing anywhere, anytime, for any reason. A dozen conservation groups have asked a federal court to immediately reinstate Endangered Species Act protections and to declare illegal the federal government’s wolf delisting decision which was based on manipulated, outdated and fraudulent science and which threatens the long-term survival of the species.

“Until now the reintroduction of gray wolves to the Northern Rockies was one of our greatest endangered species success stories,” said Louisa Willcox, Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) office in Livingston, MT. “Today it’s a national disgrace. The region has become a killing field for wolves, just as we predicted.”

The first casualty in the orgy of lupicide was “Hoppy” the eight-year-old celebrity wolf nicknamed for a limp (caused by an injury from a fight with another wolf pack). A rare black wolf Hoppy was one of the most recognizable members of Yellowstone’s famous Druid Peak pack. People snapped his photograph and shot video as he and his pack mates played, hunted and snoozed. Later, he became the first wolf to step foot into Utah in over 75 years and established his own pack in Grand Teton National Park. He was shot the day after delisting on an elk feeding ground in Wyoming.

“In delisting the wolves, the Bush Administration simply ignored the country’s leading wildlife biologists and two decades of scientific evidence showing that wolf populations are still too fragmented to survive. According to NRDC scientist, Dr. Sylvia Fallon, a minimum population of 2,000 to 5,000 animals is needed to ensure the genetic diversity necessary for the grey wolf’s long-term survival. At the time of delisting there were about 1,500 wolves in the region. All but 300 can be killed under President Bush’s current minimum recovery standard virtually assuring the gray wolf’s ultimate extinction.

The reintroduction of wolves by the federal government 12 years ago has been widely hailed as a major success story. It has measurably improved the natural balance in the Northern Rockies and benefited bird, antelope and elk populations. Many thousands of visitors flock to Yellowstone National Park each year to see and hear wolves in the wild, contributing at least $35 million to the local economy each year.

Thousands of gray wolves roamed the Rocky Mountains before being slaughtered and eliminated from 95 percent of the lower 48 states by the 1930s. The gray wolf was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 1973. Reintroduction efforts placed 66 wolves in Yellowstone National Park and part of Idaho in 1995-96.

Hundreds of Federal Scientists Ordered to Lie by Bush Administration

Hundreds of Environmental Protection Agency scientists say they have been pressured by superiors to skew their findings, according to a survey conducted by the Center for Survey Statistics & Methodology at Iowa State University, commissioned by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

One half of the nearly 1,600 EPA staff scientists who responded online to a detailed questionnaire reported they had experienced incidents of political interference in their work.

The report said 60 percent of those responding, or 889 scientists, reported personally experiencing political interference in their work over the last five years. Nearly 400 scientists said they had witnessed EPA officials misrepresenting scientific findings, 284 said they had seen the “selective or incomplete use of data to justify a specific regulatory outcome” and 224 scientists said they had been directed to “inappropriately exclude or alter technical information” in an EPA document. Nearly 200 of the respondents said they had been in situations where they or their colleagues actively objected to or resigned from projects “because of pressure to change scientific findings.” The University sent an online questionnaire to 5,500 EPA scientists and received 1,586 responses, a majority of them senior scientists who have worked for the agency for 10 years or more. The survey included chemists, toxicologists, engineers, geologists and experts in the life and environmental sciences.

The highest number of complaints about political interference came from scientists who are directly involved in writing regulations and those who conduct risk assessments such as determining a chemicals cancer risk for humans.

“The investigation shows researchers are generally continuing to do their work, but their scientific findings are tossed aside when it comes time to write regulations,” UCS said.

In the survey, the EPA scientists described an agency suffering from low morale as the agency’s political appointees and the White House Office of Management and Budget frequently second-guess scientific findings and change work conducted by EPA’s scientists.

EPA managers initially instructed employees not to participate in the survey, but the EPA’s general counsel’s office later sent an e-mail to employees saying they could participate in their private time.

White House Gives Industry More Influence over Science Process

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) chastised the Environmental Protection Agency for giving industry the ability to directly input information into the EPA’s influential database that catalogues chemical risk information, known as the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). The new process lets “the White House and federal polluters derail EPA’s scientific assessment of toxic chemicals,” she charged. The new policy, announced April 10 on the agency’s website, will allow industry to contribute its own biased information to the IRIS database, which was previously compiled solely by agency scientists. The new policy also allows for earlier and more extensive involvement by the White House and federal agencies that pollute the environment, such as the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy.

According to the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, the changes mean that:
• Affected corporations will be intimately involved in each step of EPA’s risk assessment and will be able to know what staff are assigned to which work, making the agency “research plan” vulnerable to political manipulation through the appropriations process;
• The Defense and Energy Departments, two of the world’s largest polluters, will have a formal role on how pollutants, such as the chemical perchlorate, are evaluated. In addition, these agencies could declare a particular chemical to be “mission critical” that would allow them to control how “data gaps” are to be filled. All their alterations will be made in secret. All intra-and inter-agency communications on risk assessments are deemed “deliberative” and thus confidential.

The new policy gives polluters power to determine which chemicals get assessed and how those assessments are conducted. It also formalizes a new process to be run by the White House and polluters behind closed doors and exclude the public.

Federal, state and international agencies use these assessments to create public health protections, including drinking water standards, toxic waste cleanup levels, air pollution limits, controls on dangerous chemicals in food and consumer products, worker protections and other safeguards.

Green Building: Applause for Seattle’s Mayor

Seattle is now the nation’s leader in green building with 41 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings. LEED buildings, which are certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, are designed to use less water, energy and building resources, and often incorporate recycled materials. Besides Seattle, the top five cities with the most LEED certified projects include Portland, Oregon, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Grand Rapids, MI. Ten of Seattle’s LEED certified buildings are owned by the City of Seattle, demonstrating the city’s commitment to lead in this area. In February, Mayor Greg Nickels announced an effort to make Seattle America’s Green Building Capital by improving energy efficiency in all commercial and residential buildings by 20 percent.
RIGHT WING NEWS

Flat Earth Family

Demonstrating that deliberate ignorance may be genetic, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told a group of several hundred business people in Texas that he is skeptical that humans are causing global warming. Bush accused those who advocate action to fight climate disruption of acting like religious zealots. “I don’t think our policies should be based on emotion; they should be based on sound science.” Bush’s two terms as governor ended in 2007. His successor, Republican governor Charlie Crist has said Florida should become a leader on this issue because its low elevation makes it vulnerable to sea level rise.

Stay tuned for more of “The news according to RFK Jr.” – and don’t forget to catch his weekly report on Air America radio and GoLeft.tv.

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6 responses

9 05 2008
Jack Mosel

Since when did George Bush become any kind of an advocate for ANYTHING LIVING! except for NWO bank accounts and the self-annointed elite!

Stem cell research, would offer a bone to people who suffer needlessly and offer a real hope for hunanity to turn the corner in a world so desperate for any good news… This S.O.B. outright defies one of the few bi-partisan bills aggreed upon to give the green light doe this hope to American scientists and ultimately for you and I and our loved ones / neighbors… Nope, the decider and his evangelist co-conspirators use line item veto to even throw a bone our way in a small gesture to acknowledge his compassion and humanity for Americans that are suffering… BASTARD.

This guy is a rotten schmuck… Since when did the EPA become so rotten as well??? Only under his deliberate undermining of that office, placing corporate wolves, to guard the door of sheep.

On how many fronts and in how many crimes, will it take to bring this creep to justice? I hope there is some devine justice install for us as a nation, for us a world, to see expeditiously, this creep and the bafoons get their just rewards and soon.

This administration has been compared to Nazi Germany, short of the blatent genocide… I believe they are worse… At least Hitler wanted to unify his people in a sick and distorted view… This guy knows no pride and wants to create only mindless chaos. I abhor Hitler and Nazi Germany, I wonder why we stand for these dictoral priveledges from this, our own President?! Can Congress and the Senate be so blind? Can we be so aloft from our prozac and wellbutrin or amped up on adderal that we can’t see the forest from the trees?

Why does the highly skilled and effective media cave in to reporting on Britiny or worse MSNBC provides “JAIL” TV everynight!!! What the hell happened to Edwin R. Murrow reporting ethics and honesty? What the hell is happening to our country?

GEORGE W. BUSH AND DICK CHENEY NEED TO ANSWER FOR CRIMES AGAINST OUR COUNTRY… FOR HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS…

TREASON DAMMIT…. TREASON!

Hey George Hey Dick… WHERE’S OSAMA?!!!!

IRAQ?!.. NO WMD’s? The glove don’t fit… you must aquit!

FISA?! What you wont sign it because it doesn’t hold harmless the freekin phone comapny?!

What, like the enabling you did for ENRON… You creep! George Bush, you are a creep a thief a lier and a coward. You and your ilke have raped the U.S.A. long and hard enough!

When will our Generals and Senators and Congress arrest these bafoons and repatriate our Constitution?!!! Real Patriots Spit this stuff, cowards and fascist republican seperatist elites call foul and call us liberal… Whatever, I call them fascists, some are criminal, most are just dumb and blind. I ain’t talkin’ bout welfare mom’s… No No No, It’s all about the Crimes and Treason baby… Nothing else, Just High Crimes and midemeanors (Treason)… Hmmm, in war time, that’s a big offense… But if you were the one to create the war and you were the one who it could be proved lied and manipulated the starting of the war… That’s another ball of wax… They call that one War Crimes baby… Wouldn’t want to face the U.S.A. (no less) on war crimes!

JFK, RFK, Martin Luther… Your justice might be coming… Give us strength and guide our hands…

Dammit, where’s the oversight to this government! If this was a freekin’ BJ from a house page girl with a Democratic President, we’ed be knee deep in poo by now.

LET’S FRIGGIN ROLL!

9 05 2008
Richard

I got one of these buttons – they might be a little dated, but they’re close enough for purposes of spreading the word…..:

http://www.cafepress.com/rfk4prez

10 05 2008
Jack Mosel

Beautiful Richard! RFK for President!

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