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PostSubject: Nearly all members of National Park Service advisory panel resign in frustration   Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:15 am

This may be behind a paywall, so I'll quote some of it.

Nearly all members of National Park Service advisory panel resign in frustration
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More than three-quarters of the members of a federally chartered board advising the National Park Service have quit out of frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had refused to meet with them or convene a single meeting last year.

The resignation of 10 out of 12 National Park System Advisory Board members leaves the federal government without a functioning body to designate national historic or natural landmarks. It also underscores the extent to which federal advisory bodies have become marginalized under the Trump administration. In May 2017, Zinke suspended all outside committees while his staff reviewed their composition and work.

In a letter to the secretary on Monday, departing board chairman Tony Knowles, a former Alaska governor, wrote that he and eight other members "have stood by waiting for the chance to meet and continue the partnership . . . as prescribed by law." All of the signatories, who serve as unpaid volunteers, had terms set to expire in May.,

"We understand the complexity of transition but our requests to engage have been ignored and the matters on which we wanted to brief the new Department team are clearly not part of its agenda," Knowles wrote. "I wish the National Park System and Service well and will always be dedicated to their success."

On Wednesday, Carolyn "Carrie" Hessler Radelet, the chief executive of Project Concern International, submitted a separate resignation letter. "[F]rom all of the events of this past year I have a profound concern that the mission of stewardship, protection, and advancement of our National Parks has been set aside," wrote Radelet, whose term was not set to expire until 2021. "I hope that future actions of the Department of Interior demonstrate that this is not the case."
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PostSubject: Re: Nearly all members of National Park Service advisory panel resign in frustration   Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:32 pm

Heard this on NPR this morning.  What they did was a nice gesture.

But it was mostly symbolic.  As noted in the quote above, the nine who resigned all had volunteer terms that expired in May anyway.


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PostSubject: Re: Nearly all members of National Park Service advisory panel resign in frustration   Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:12 pm

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Nevertheless, Biggs and Smith, who have both received money from Koch Industries, Exxon Mobil, and other companies that have a financial interest in limiting research on the environmental effects of chemicals, noted that their “committee suspects this activity may be a violation of the anti-lobbying act.” The two Republican members of Congress also called on the DHHS Inspector General to analyze their concerns so that he might “launch a full-scale review of the situation.”

The Union of Concerned Scientists’s Andrew Rosenberg dismissed the representatives’ letters as “codswallop.”
Codswallop. That's a good scientific term.

Trump Admin believes all regulations should be written by the highest bidder.  Appalling.
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