19 October 2011

Murdering a river -- biased science

HS made an interesting connection between science and propaganda:

The Center for Environmental Science, Advocacy & Reliability (CESAR, as in Chavez!) sounds like a great place to "bring scientific rigor to regulatory decisions undertaken pursuant to environmental statutes." They have the web address of bestscience.org after all!

Likewise, the California Water Institute at Fresno State sounds like it "provides education, research and analysis of policy issues involving water resources including water quality issues and integrated regional water management planning"

Both places recently hosted a talk on water flows, science and the Delta Smelt, but I think that it's more likely that they presented biased opinion than neutral scientific research.

Why? One big clue lies in the board of directors @ CESAR (CWI does not list its advisors), which has Jean Sagouspe, a politically-active farmer in the Westlands Water District (see this post on his request for favors for campaign contributions to Feinstein and this post on his $$ earnings due to a federal order to release water to Westlands). Another big clue? CWI's "Current Projects" all ended in 2005.

Bottom Line: They may call it "science," but I call it nutz almonds!


  1. With Craig Manson (of Julie McDonald fame, currently employed by Westlands) running it. Wow!

  2. We have a huge problem, science has become sophistry. This happens when science merges with policy and advocacy. Sadly, the "good" name of science suffers. Alas, it may just be too late.

  3. Wow, it's like Anonymous totally missed Judge Wanger's comments on federal science as zealotry. Obviously, someone has to take a stand demanding scientific standards be applied as the law dictates, and thanks to bestscience.org for doing that. Government eco-regulators and eco-scientists have shown again and again they can't be trusted.


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