The starting point of the usgs scientists highlighted the trump era’s data tension

The starting point of the usgs scientists highlighted the trump era’s data tension

The former U.S. geological survey official said the company violated scientific integrity policy when it sought information about the energy potential of Alaskan national oil reserves before it was officially published.

“As a result, especially sensitive and mineral commodities such as energy and mineral resources assessment report usually has a significant economic impact, so before public release shall not disclose or share, because these cases pre-release may lead to an unfair advantage or unfair advantage”, points out that the USGS policies.

However, the policy also referred to the possibility of releasing information to “government agencies and non-governmental organizations or academic organizations” in certain circumstances, and the ministry of interior said senior officials had taken appropriate action.

Internal heather swift quoted today, a spokesman for the department lawyer office, the secretary and deputy secretary reserve “they think it is necessary to review the data, the power of the draft reports or other information.”

USGS acting director William Werkheiser added in a statement: “I don’t think the current or Suggestions about the practice of DOI leadership notice will damage the scientific integrity, I think this problem has not been seen as one of scientific integrity. In fact, the usgs will not ask for any changes or changes at any time. ”

Werkheiser is a veteran of USGS for over 20 years and serves as the agency’s scientific integrity commissioner. When the trump administration waited for former astronaut James reilly to be confirmed as a director (greenville, January 30), he was in charge.

With the first two jobs reported by Mother Jones, Mr. Riley will face tougher questions about science independence at the senate energy and natural resources committee’s final hearing.

Neither heitzman nor manette could arrive this morning.

Nate retired on January 31 as deputy director of energy and minerals. Hitzman submitted his resignation letter on December 17, when he was deputy director of energy and minerals.

Scientific integrity is the cornerstone of the investigation and must be preserved so that the authorities can serve the country correctly,” Hitzman wrote in a letter to his mother, Jones. “Although I knew my resignation would not change the release of the data, I felt that as the head of the energy and mineral mission area, I had to register my protest against the move.”

There are conflicting accounts of what happened behind the scenes, but on December 22nd the final national oil reserve report was officially released. It to trump the government provides some exciting news, estimated NPR – land near A and can hold 17.6 billion barrels of recoverable oil and more than 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas (greenville, December 22, 2017).

“These assessments show that in order to meet our country’s energy needs, north slope will be an important energy hub for the coming decades,” zink said in a statement.

“It is not clear,” the report said, “it is not clear” whether Mr. Zingai and his team will eventually review the release of their information.

Before joining the USGS, Hitzman had extensive work in the fields of Chevron corp. and Anaconda Co., a professor at the Colorado school of mines, between 1996 and 2016.

Hitzman is emphasizing his position within the U.S. geological survey, just five days before the house natural resources energy and mineral resources subcommittee testifies to key mineral issues.

“In order to ensure that countries have the best data about key minerals, USGS [and] will continue to study mineral resources continue to provide information about domestic and global mineral production and consumption,” Hitzman assure the team.

He previously taught at schools including Smith college, then served as a member of the American association for the advancement of science in two democratic congressional offices and then joined the USGS.

Through E&E news permission, reprinted from Greenwire. Copyright 2017.E&E provides important information on for energy and environmental professionals.


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