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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With the Public Distracted, Interior Department Moves Full Speed Ahead on Oil and Gas Leases

Interior Secretary Bernhardt and his staff are using the pandemic crisis as an excuse to sideline science, shut down advisory committees, and sell off oil and gas leases at discount prices without sufficient environmental review. Here’s what they should be doing instead. Read more >

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The Upper Klamath River in Oregon. Several affected reports concern future water resources in the western US, particularly in California and Oregon. Photo: BLM/Flickr

Science, Denied, Again. Interior Department Adds Inaccurate Climate Change Info to Reports

A senior employee at the Department of the Interior (DOI) is pressuring scientists to include inaccurate information about climate change in agency reports. So far at least nine different reports have been affected in what may be violations of the department’s scientific integrity policy. Read more >

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When It’s Migratory Birds vs. the Trump Administration, the Birds Die

A “clarification” of the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act has allowed industry to ignore how their actions could accidentally kill birds. Read more >

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Dubious Advice: Bears Ears, National Park Campgrounds, and the Rise of Captured Committees

The advisory committee for Bears Ears National Monument has been criticized for being skewed toward energy interests. The “Made in America” Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee recommends privatizing America’s national parks campgrounds. They both represent a new type of advisory committee designed to give the appearance of impartiality and independent review when they are actually disproportionately stocked with enablers of the administration’s political agenda. Read more >

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Cultivating Censorship at the National Park Service: New Acting Director Issues Controversial Memo

It has come to light that a recently issued memo may severely restrict the ability of park superintendents and other staff to weigh in on activities happening on adjacent public lands. It is a clear effort by the Trump administration to undermine government science and its role in protecting our nation’s public lands. Read more >

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