Contrary to what the Washington Post and other press reports including an item in this blog have implied, the Director of the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) has asserted that Bush administration is NOT trying to muzzle scientists at the USGS by placing new controls on the approval and release of research plans and products. See:
Rather, Dr. Haseltine asserts that
Research supervisors in the review chain are simply charged with ensuring all USGS information products have addressed peer comments and are in compliance with USGS procedures with regard to the review and release of scientific information.
Posted by Katie Newman at December 20, 2006 11:07 AM