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Why Did Two Energy Scientists Quit When Officials Asked For Data?

When Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke asked two senior scientists at the US Geological Survey (USGS) for data from a natural gas and oil study, they quit their positions with the agency. Wow! We knew there were other jobs in the outstanding and growing Trump economy but we did not know it was like that!

It certainly was not like that in Obamacare America! It was either work at an OK job or hope you can get picked up by Taco Bell at 20 hours a week!

The reason they cited for the dramatic resignation was that the data was asked before it was released to the public – something they maintain violates the guidelines (they just don’t believe in transparency which Democrats don’t!). However, the political leadership in the Interior Department says they have the right to see prepublication data from their department.

This news, which broke on Feb. 21st, has created confusion among people regarding the norms that guide revealing data from such surveys.

Zinke said to be within rights to demand data

Zinke is said to have every right to review data and reports created by the agency if it is found to be necessary. In fact, this has been determined by the relevant solicitor’s office in the wake of the resignations. A press release regarding this was also made by an Interior spokesperson.

There exists no evidence that officials in the Interior Department, including Zinke, asked for the information so they could change the data or use it in any improper manner that would help someone gain an unfair financial advantage. If this was the case or the fear, those people who quit would have remained on board to make sure this did not happen! The fact that they quit perhaps proves they were the ones making up information – probably the ridiculous human made global warming initiative.

The Interior Department also reiterated that the department’s political leadership has the legal rights to view any such data the department has produced. Common sense says that!

Different interpretations of the guidelines

The guidelines that the scientists who resigned have cited are known as the Fundamental Science Practice. And the conflict in this situation stems from the ways in which the two parties-the political officials and the scientists-have interpreted the guidelines. The problem here is that the scientists are the ones being political.

The Hillary Clinton corrupt policies have taken root in other departments. This ongoing deceit has gone back to even before Hillary allowed her ambassador and other people to get murdered in Benghazi.

The scientists interpreted it to mean that sharing such data pre-publication would be an unethical course of action, even though there are provisions that enable the leadership of the department to access such data. Certain federal bureaucrats never thought Trump would win because they knew Hillary was cheating her way to victory – just like they did with Bernie!

Another reason why many see the exit as baffling 

The exit of the government appointed scientists is considered baffling for one other reason – the scientists and their team who worked in the energy and minerals program for USGS have reportedly been given a huge amount of freedom conducting the surveys, insulating them from bureaucratic meddling to a large extent.

The scientists’ survey to identify gas and oil reserves was considered crucial for the Trump administration- given how expanding energy development within the country is a major agenda for the current government since they want America to be strong and they want high paying jobs to be created which is what is going on.

The left does not want America to be strong, they want America to be a paper tiger while allowing Russia, terrorists, Iran, and China to do what they want which was what happened under 8 years of Obama.  

The reserves in Alaska where the survey took place has been cordoned off as environmentally sensitive area by the Obama administration, and was not accessible for the purpose of energy development. However, it’s expected that the Trump administration would void such restrictions because drilling in Alaska does not hurt Mother Nature at all and if we aren’t going to utilize the resources of Alaska we may as well give it back to Russia.

Zinke has earlier said that the only way onward for America to gain energy dominance is through Alaska. Well, America is loaded in coal and natural gas in the lower 48 so that may not be entirely true. Nonetheless, ANWR is vital and Alaska is massive.  

And the Native Americans up there love oil development! That is how they feed their children. And again, not one polar or grizzly bear, caribou, seal, or bird has been or will be harmed. Oil spills are rare and the industry has ways to mitigate any accidents. America needs to remain on top or this world will be dominated by the likes of China and Russia which be no good accept for a few people at the top of those misguided and anti-freedom loving countries.

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