19 Jan '18, 4pm

From National Parks to the EPA, Trump Administration Stiff-Arms Science Advisers

The Trump administration's testy relationship with science reminds me of that old saying: Advice is least heeded when most needed. Earlier this week, three-quarters of the members of the National Park System Advisory Board resigned because Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke refused to hold a meeting with them last year. The board was established more than 80 years ago so scientists and former elected officials could advise the Department of the Interior on a variety of national park and monument issues, including the designation of national historic and natural landmarks. With zero input from the 12-member board, Zinke dramatically reduced the size of two national monuments in Utah to open them up to grazing and mining; arbitrarily increased park visitor fees; and reversed a ban on plastic water bottles in the park system. Their resignation should not come as a surprise. Zinke's cav...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/trump-science-advisers-252688502...

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