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Fri Aug 17, 2018, 10:37 AM

US interior secretary's school friend crippling climate research, scientists say

Source: The Guardian

Prominent US climate scientists have told the Guardian that the Trump administration is holding up research funding as their projects undergo an unprecedented political review by the high-school football teammate of the US interior secretary.

The US interior department administers over $5.5bn in funding to external organizations, mostly for research, conservation and land acquisition. At the beginning of 2018, interior secretary Ryan Zinke instated a new requirement that scientific funding above $50,000 must undergo an additional review to ensure expenditures “better align with the administration’s priorities”.

Zinke has signaled that climate change is not one of those priorities: this week, he told Breitbart News that “environmental terrorist groups” were responsible for the ongoing wildfires in northern California and, ignoring scientific research on the issue, dismissed the role of climate change.
Don't blame wildfires on climate change – it's environmentalists' fault, says Zinke
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Steve Howke, one of Zinke’s high-school football teammates, oversees this review. Howke’s highest degree is a bachelor’s in business administration. Until Zinke appointed him as an interior department senior adviser to the acting assistant secretary of policy, management and budget, Howke had spent his entire career working in credit unions.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/17/interior-secretarys-school-friend-crippling-climate-research-scientists-say

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demmiblue Aug 2018 OP
Bernardo de La Paz Aug 2018 #1
mahatmakanejeeves Aug 2018 #2
Sophia4 Aug 2018 #3
Bayard Aug 2018 #4
SkyDaddy7 Aug 2018 #5
Haggis for Breakfast Aug 2018 #6

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Aug 17, 2018, 10:42 AM

1. Zinke has no evidence for his lies, but it won't stop him. Neither will RubleCons in Congress. . .nt

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Fri Aug 17, 2018, 10:46 AM

2. Steve Howke:

https://projects.propublica.org/trump-town/staffers/steven-howke

U.S. Interior Department to put academic, nonprofit grants through political review

By Michael Doyle, E&E NewsJan. 9, 2018 , 2:55 PM

The U.S. Interior Department will now funnel certain grants through a political screening intended to ensure the federal dollars "better align" with the administration's "priorities," according to a newly revealed memo.

The move invests considerable power in a senior Interior Department adviser named Steve Howke, who will be reviewing grants including those above $50,000 for universities, land acquisition purposes and nonprofits that can engage in advocacy.
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Howke, identified in the memo as the new grant reviewer, has until now had a very low profile. His only appearance on the Interior Department's website is his inclusion on an {organizational chart from February}.
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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 17, 2018, 11:00 AM

3. I'm thinking of taking pictures of my avocado trees dying of thirst, with brown leaves

 

although we water them regularly, as evidence of the climate crisis to the Interior Department.

But I doubt it could change their minds.

It's very sad. All Americans will pay for their blindness to reality.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Aug 17, 2018, 12:32 PM

4. "Ensure federal dollars "better align" with the administration's "priorities,"

Ignorant, fascist bastards! The administration's policy is all about rape and pillage, consequences be damned.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Aug 17, 2018, 08:20 PM

5. Americans have no fucking clue...

How bad this hurts us as a country to have stupid fucking meatheads in charge of America’s science programs & research! It is literally nauseating to think about!!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Aug 17, 2018, 10:23 PM

6. Let me see if I have this straight

While Zinke is busy destroying our national parks and wildlife areas, he's got his shower-buddy and fellow towel-snapper from high school deciding who among our most promising scientists gets federal grant money ?

VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE

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