Wednesday, February 08, 2006

***Update***: When Forest Science Gets Burned

It seems that the BLM decision to pull fed money from the OSU Biscuit Fire study isn't passing the DC smell test:

A Washington Democrat wants an inspector general's investigation into whether the federal government suspended funding for an Oregon State University study because it undermined the Bush administration's position on logging.

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., said in a Tuesday letter to the Interior Department's inspector general that he is concerned the funding was frozen "to punish researchers for reporting findings that are unpopular with the administration."

Aides to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said he has also inquired about the cutoff of funding.

Let's see: A Republican controlled Interior Department that answers to a Republican President is being asked to conduct an inquiry into a Republican controlled Bureau of Land Management who yanked funding from a project that runs counter to a Republican piece of legislation.

Honest and thorough inquiry into Bush Administration corruption..or...snow cones in Hell? Which is more likely?