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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Internal Emails Show Discord as Interior Department Moves to Gut Migratory Birds Rule

If the Department of the Interior had listened to legal and public opinion, it would have dropped its efforts to finalize a rule allowing the deaths of thousands of migratory birds. Instead the effort goes on, even as newly revealed emails show that Interior upended the normal review process for its controversial reinterpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Read more >

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Want More Science-Based Policies? Start by Protecting the Scientists

President-elect Biden has repeatedly said that he will listen to the scientists. While this is certainly a welcome change, listening can only take us so far. We need action to establish scientific integrity policies and laws that prevent the suppression and distortion of scientific research, prohibit retaliations against scientists, and usher in a new era of science-based policymaking. Read more >

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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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