This is what science looks like under the Trump administration. Just imagine what’s happening with the coronavirus outbreak.
Here is Representative Betty McCollum at a February 11th hearing holding up the USDA report on the nearly-completed two year Forest Service study of sulfide mining near the Boundary Waters. Every single page of the report except the cover was completely redacted under deliberative process privilege before it was released. That’s nearly two full years of scientific study, obliterated and kept from public view.
“That begins to beg a question,” McCollum says. “What’s being hidden?”
Update, 12 March 2020. Senator Martin Heinrich asked Secretary David Bernhardt about these redactions at a March 10th Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing.
“Having sat on the Intelligence Committee,” he noted, “I’ve never seen something so fully redacted in my life.”
Bernhardt was simpering and evasive.
Read more about the Boundary Waters reversal here.