Andy posted this link yesterday in our discussion of the lynx and how ESA works.. I thought it was fascinating as a glimpse into the agendas- scientific information- personality combinations and permutations involved in some of these decisions.
It’s also interesting that it was pointed out that Ms. Macdonald released “private information to public sources.” This seems to happen as a daily occurrence within the FS and EPA, at least. Sometimes employees use this tactics to promote their agendas on both sides. I like that this gives a glimpse into the real world of trying to base decisions on “science”.. your science or my sciences or the “best” science?
Another reason, as Bob Z. suggested, that all the scientific arguments used should be published with an opportunity for the public to review and comment.
Well worth a read and you can learn something about the ESA process.
I wonder if this is available somewhere as a text document so that we could quote from it.
If you read this, what was your impression?