Maria Caffrey

Climate scientist

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Maria Caffrey is a former National Park Service Partner who filed a whistleblower complaint against the agency in July 2019. She now works on issues related to climate change and scientific integrity.

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Climate Scientists Confront a Culture of Fear and Self-Censorship in Government Agencies

I strongly believe that unbiased government science is an essential part of the public good, and needs our civil servants to be fierce guardians of it. After being quoted in an article from the New York Times about the war on climate science and what those within our federal agencies are doing (or not doing) to protect the science from censorship, I wanted to share some further thoughts on it all. Read more >

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Gas flaring from an oil drilling site in San Juan County, New Mexico. Photo: John Fowler/Flickr

As Oil Prices Crash, BLM Wants to Open Up Public Lands in New Mexico for More Extraction

BLM leadership has chosen to use the current public health crisis to muffle the voices of people living near the public lands the agency is supposed to protect. The agency recently announced a plan to proceed with oil and gas extraction efforts in northern New Mexico, including in an area near Chaco Canyon National Historical Park Read more >

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Do Any National Park Service Staff Have COVID-19? Interior Department Isn’t Saying.

Public safety depends on transparency. Why isn’t the Interior Department publicly sharing data about COVID-19 infections among its staff? Read more >

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With the Public Distracted, Interior Department Moves Full Speed Ahead on Oil and Gas Leases

Interior Secretary Bernhardt and his staff are using the pandemic crisis as an excuse to sideline science, shut down advisory committees, and sell off oil and gas leases at discount prices without sufficient environmental review. Here’s what they should be doing instead. Read more >

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The Upper Klamath River in Oregon. Several affected reports concern future water resources in the western US, particularly in California and Oregon. Photo: BLM/Flickr

Science, Denied, Again. Interior Department Adds Inaccurate Climate Change Info to Reports

A senior employee at the Department of the Interior (DOI) is pressuring scientists to include inaccurate information about climate change in agency reports. So far at least nine different reports have been affected in what may be violations of the department’s scientific integrity policy. Read more >

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