Minority Report: “EPA’s Playbook,” “Fraud,” and “Secret Science”

About a month ago I had a discussion with Dr. Bob Ferris on this blog, initially concerning the general quality of “government science.” Dr. Ferris is a “real scientist” who is “serious” and currently works for Cascadia Wildlands, an environmental activist group based in Eugene, Oregon. He has a number of publications to his credit …

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The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Story and a Shared Research Platform

Once, a long, long time ago, in a town I can’t actually remember, I was at a Society of American Foresters Convention. I can’t remember where or when, but perhaps someone else remembers. There was a presentation at a technical session of a study on Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers. At the end of the session a field …

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Spruce Beetle- Beetle Without Drama and With FS Research

One thing I noticed when panels of scientists came to talk to us about our bark beetle response (from CU particularly) is that they kept talking about our “going into the backcountry and doing fuel treatments” and why this was a bad idea. We would tell them we weren’t actually doing that, but I don’t …

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High Quality Research Act, And Research Duplication

Here’s a post from David Bruggeman about a proposed bill. The High Quality Research Act is a draft bill from Representative Lamar Smith, Chair of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. Still not officially introduced, it has prompted a fair amount of teeth gnashing and garment rending over what it might mean. The bill …

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Coquelle Trails: Scientific Transparency & Public Lands Management

Earlier this week I gave a 60-minute talk to a meeting of the Alsea Watershed Council, my “home group,” where I have been giving presentations every few years since they first formed in the 1980s. The audience was a little smaller than usual, but all of the old-timers were there and Elmer Ostling’s wife had …

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“Scientific Integrity” and Klamath Dam Fish Fight

People disagree; scientists disagree, and yet people have to manage them, and data, and interpersonal, supervisor and inter-institutional bad chemistry, dislikes, vendettas and power struggles. It’s not easy to do that. In my view, real “scientific integrity” involves QA/QC, and data and review that are open and transparent. Anyway, I just saw the Nature article …

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Eight Steps to Vet Scientific Information for Policy Fitness

For some mysterious reason, my previous post here on the GAO report on the Forest Service has received a great many hits on the blog over the past few weeks. I am interpreting that to mean that at least some readers are interested in the science/policy interface, but who knows? Anyway, this has led to …

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Open Access Petition (to scientific information derived from taxpayer- funded research)

In my endless, and some may say quixotic, quest for “Things We Can All Agree On” I offer a link to David Bruggeman’s blog Pasco Phronesis) post on the Open Access Petition. Below is a quote, and here is a link to David’s post. I recommend David’s blog to all interested in science policy. I’m …

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Comments on “Scientific Integrity”

Interesting things about blogs.. I decided to look at how people got to this blog and noticed that some were linking from Judith Curry’s climate blog here. Turns out that they are having a discussion of some of the points in the post I wrote for Roger Pielke Jr.’s blog, with many more comments (318) …

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More on the “Scientific Integrity” Memo

Here’s a link to another of my posts on this topic on Roger Pielke, Jr.’s blog. My concern is that it is not clear what problem the memo is intended to solve. I am not sure that the authors are aware of the dailiness of using science in a variety of government decisions at different …

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