Maria Caffrey

Climate scientist

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Maria Caffrey is a former National Park Service Partner who filed a whistleblower complaint against the agency in July 2019. She now works on issues related to climate change and scientific integrity.

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William Pendley was removed as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management after a federal judge ruled that he had been illegally serving in that role. Photo: Wikimedia

Pendley Is Ousted, but Interior Continues to Protect Its Illegal Hire

It should be celebrated that a man who once claimed that the founding fathers intended for all public lands to be sold and that climate science is “junk science” is no longer the acting leader of a federal agency that manages 10 percent of the US landmass, even if Interior is still keeping him on in a leadership role. Read more >

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Migratory Birds vs. the Trump Administration: This Time the Birds Win

The Department of the Interior was dealt a serious blow earlier this month in its attempt to dismantle one of our most vital laws for protecting wildlife, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. A federal judge ruled that attempts by the agency to reinterpret the act to allow more bird deaths were unlawful, lacked any opportunity for public comment, and showed that “agency expertise is questionable at best.” Read more >

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President Trump walks into Lafayette Square after US Park Police and other law enforcement agents forcibly cleared peaceful protestors on June 1, 2020. Photo: The White House

The Clearing of Lafayette Square: Interior Park Police Chief’s Testimony Stains Agency’s Reputation

The allegation that park police misused their authority in violation of the first amendment and contributed to a possible slide toward autocracy makes me sick to my stomach. Read more >

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Photo: Kaur Kistjan/Unsplash

Climate Scientists Confront a Culture of Fear and Self-Censorship in Government Agencies

I strongly believe that unbiased government science is an essential part of the public good, and needs our civil servants to be fierce guardians of it. After being quoted in an article from the New York Times about the war on climate science and what those within our federal agencies are doing (or not doing) to protect the science from censorship, I wanted to share some further thoughts on it all. Read more >

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Gas flaring from an oil drilling site in San Juan County, New Mexico. Photo: John Fowler/Flickr

As Oil Prices Crash, BLM Wants to Open Up Public Lands in New Mexico for More Extraction

BLM leadership has chosen to use the current public health crisis to muffle the voices of people living near the public lands the agency is supposed to protect. The agency recently announced a plan to proceed with oil and gas extraction efforts in northern New Mexico, including in an area near Chaco Canyon National Historical Park Read more >

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