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Dr. Paul Houser,
hydrometeorologist, and expert scientist on "Scientific Integrity," was the highest level scientist in the Bureau of Reclamation, and the only scientist in the D.C. office.
for exposing the Secretary of Interior's "intentional
falsification," "bias," and "predetermined intention" to
destroy the Klamath dams.
First, Interior’s policy provides no transparency, timeliness, and truly independent review. Second, it fails to deal with agency conflicts of interest. Third, it has no requirement to correct egregious errors. And fourth, it provides no accountability - no way to appeal decisions either administratively or in the courts..."
"Watch over the legitimacy, and the
truthfulness, of what we call science,"
by Oregon Senator Doug Whitsett,
posted to KBC 6/23/14.
Top Government Scientist fired for telling the truth about Klamath dam destruction, YouTube, posted to KBC 11/14/13.
Who did the spotted owl studies? Former Yurok forestry director released from jail; Raymond accused of embezzling tribal funds, posted to KBC 3/7/13. "Raymond and two biologists are accused of using an elaborate system of fake invoices, false purchase requests and electronic bank transfers to embezzle more than $870,000 in federal funds from the Yurok Tribe during a three-year period of wildlife preservation studies." (these included faked spotted owl studies).
Fired scientist resolves whistleblower complaint with feds (regarding Klamath dam study), Capitol Press, posted to KBC 12/9/12. "While Houser's personnel issue was resolved, the scientific integrity issues he raised were outside the jurisdiction of the Office of Special Council, Ruch said. Kelly has said that Houser's complaints are under investigation."
The Yurok Grift, Questions linger in million-dollar embezzlement scheme after fugitive surrenders, North Coast Journal, posted to KBC 4/14/12. "Field had already figured out that the Mad River Biologists invoices submitted for spotted owl research were fakes...an associate at Mad River Biologists acknowledged that they hadn’t conducted the surveys in question."
* Klamath Dam Whistleblower Dr Houser in Yreka May 7, Klamath Falls May 6, sponsored by Cal Ore Bi State Alliance
Humboldt: Federal charges against former Yurok forestry director over $1 million embezzlement, "Raymond, LeValley and McAllister used an elaborate system of fake invoices, false purchase requests and electronic bank transfers to embezzle more than $870,000 in federal funds from the Yurok Tribe during a three year period of wildlife preservations studies... The surveys that allegedly were never conducted primarily purported to be for spotted owl research..." HERE for Science Misconduct page.
Leaked Interior Department emails point to political motives in mining ban, WLJ posted to KBC 6/9/12. "In what could prove to be a major embarrassment for the Department of Interior (DOI), a clutch of recently leaked emails suggest that the department may have had little to no scientific evidence supporting its January decision to withdraw over 1 million acres in northern Arizona from new uranium mining claims due to concerns about ground water contamination."
Hanky-Panky harms Klamath River Watershed, Dr. John Menke, posted to KBC 5/13/12
* Hastings' Statement on Judge Redden's Admitted Bias to Destroy Snake River Dams, followed by: Former salmon judge: Snake dams should come down 4/26/12
HERE for Koshy's website including his biography and letters on Snake and Columbia Dam destruction.
Don’t need to be a scientist to know it’s bogus, H&N letter to the editor by Jerry Anderson, Klamath Falls 4/29/12. "The official EIR/EIS Klamath dam removal document) is full of such “bogus” science; hence Dr. Paul Houser, whistleblower."
CORRECTION: This page has been corrected:
Dam Removal Would Be Catastrophic, interview of
scientist Stephen Koshy, DRA, posted to KBC 3/31/12.
Koshy is a civil engineer, scientist and administrator.
Alleged embezzler Roland Raymond surrenders to authorities, IndyBay, posted to KBC 3/7/12. "The case stems from ... investigation of over $870,000 in Federal funds appropriated to the Yurok Tribe for wildlife preservation, including the spotted owl research project"...""The science used for implementation of these MLPA (Marine Life Protection Act) closures needs to be fully and independently investigated and verified, following Mr. LeValley's felony arrest. Until then, none of the science in this DEIR can be considered valid..."
Chairmen Question Obama Admin. on Mailing Out $$$$$$$; $2 bills randomly sent in envelopes as incentive to complete (Klamath dam) surveys, Natural Resources Committee 3/22/12. "...the Bureau of Reclamation was unable to provide an accounting of how much had been spent on this survey." "The Obama Administration literally mailed cash to random citizens across the country to find out their feelings on tearing down four dams that they’ve likely never heard of." "Using taxpayer dollars on a slanted survey and the muzzling and
eventual firing of its own scientist who disagreed with the Interior Department proves what many have been saying: dam removal is a pre-determined conclusion from this Administration."
Dam Removal Would Be Catastrophic, interview of scientist Stephen Koshy, DRA, posted to KBC 3/31/12
AUDIO: Dr. Paul Houser, whistleblower on Klamath dam destruction agenda by Secretary of the Interior. Houser was Bureau of Reclamation's top scientist ands Scientific Integrity Officer. However the Bureau FIRED Houser when he exposed "intentional falsification," "bias,", "(Interior's) predetermined intention (to destroy Klamath dams,)" KCNR/We the People Radio, posted to KBC 3/18/12. "I don't see that scientific justification (to take out Klamath Dams)." "In this case the science is not as supportive of dam removal as aggressively as The Department wants it to, so they have spun it...:" Here for Dr. Paul Houser page.
News asked Dr. Houser his opinion of
peer review report
and of the peer reviewers?"
Klamath Dams - Reclamation fires top scientist and Scientific Integrity Officer for exposing Interior's scientific fraud, by Oregon Senator Whitsett 3/14/12. Here for Dr. Paul Houser page.
Biologist embezzlement case may go federal, Times-Standard 3/14/12. (KBC NOTE: these scientists were involved in spotted owl research).
Biologists for hire sell opinions, Times-Standard 3/14/12. "...arrest of Mad River biologists Ronald LeValley and Sean McAllister on charges of using phony spotted owl surveys to embezzle funds from the Yurok Tribe should lead to an in-depth discussion of the long-standing method of obtaining a scientific consultation for any resource project."
Whistleblower complaint alleges dam removal ‘spin,' Fired employee says reports ‘intentionally’ downplay negatives of Klamath dams plan, H&N 3/2/12.
Salazar Praises Work of Klamath
Agreements Parties, (decision on
Klamath dam deal delayed,) DOI, posted to
KBC 2/29/12. "Secretary Salazar. “I
am proud of the work of our team of
experts who have completed more than 50
new studies and reports that are
providing significant new information on
the potential effects of Klamath River
dam removal as part of a transparent,
Allegation of scientific and scholarly misconduct and reprisal for a disclosure concerning the biased summarization of key scientific conclusions for the Klamath River dam removal Secretarial determination process, from Dr. Paul R. Houser, Science Advisor and Scientific Integrity Officer, Bureau of Reclamation, Washington D.C., to Office of the Executive Secretariat and Regulatory Affairs, Department of the Interior, posted to KBC 2/27/12. "This Klamath dam removal Secretarial determination is reported to have a cost to the public (taxpayers and ratepayers) in excess of $1B, so a misinformed or premeditated decision could be a gross waste of funds."
U.S. plans to kill barred owls to save spotted owl, San Francisco Chronicle 2/29/12. "The government set aside millions of acres of forest to protect the owl, but the bird's population continues to decline - a 40 percent slide in 25 years." According to Siskiyou County Sheriff Lopey at Saturday's sheriff meeting in Yreka, in the early 80's there were over 22 lumber mills, and now only 2 are functional, and 65% of land in the county is public land. Endangered Species Act / ESA mandates locked up the forests to save the spotted owl. It devastated Siskiyou economy, they have one of the highest unemployment rate. KBC NOTE: Sacrificing the forest, wildlife and owls by rampant wildfires, and communities and economies, all by false science, did not save the spotted owls.
Shock, disbelief follow arrests: Biology
community has trouble digesting
embezzlement allegations, The
Times-Standard 2/26/12. "The
Del Norte District Attorney's Office is
alleging that, under the direction of
Raymond, Mad River Biologists billed the
tribe for almost $900,000 of northern
spotted owl surveying work on tribal
lands that was never performed. An
affidavit in support of a search warrant
filed by district attorney investigator
A.C. Field indicates there is a long
paper trail supporting the allegations,
complete with checks from the tribe
cashed by McAllister, receipts of large
cash withdrawals, transfers to
LeValley's personal account and checks
sent from LeValley to Raymond."
Co-Chair of MLPA Initiative Science Advisory Team Arrested, by David Gurney Feb 25th, 2012, Indybay. "...Sean McAllister, and former Yurok Tribe forestry director Roland Raymond, conspired to falsify invoices for spotted owl research, and embezzle funds for their personal use....Mr. LeValley was a key figure in the cover-up of a whale-strike incident in October, 2009 involving an MLPA "Initiative" sonar mapping vessel off Fort Bragg, California. The arrest will undoubtedly bring up more questions as to the integrity of the science, financial practices, and public policy procedures of the totally corrupt MLPAI "Initiative" to create so-called "marine protected areas" on the California coast."
Climate Change Weekly: Fakegate Illustrates Collapsing Global Warming Alarmism, Heartland, posted to KBC 2/26/12. "People with sound science on their side do not need to forge documents to validate their arguments or make the other side look bad. Also, people who are so desperate as to forge documents in an attempt to frame their rivals are clearly not above forging scientific data, studies, and facts to similarly further their cause..." (KBC NOTE: in the KBRA, water deliveries to irrigators is based dependant on outcome of Klamath "climate change" studies.)
Scientists find holes in Klamath River dam removal plan, $1.4-billion project — dismantling four hydroelectric dams to restore Chinook salmon runs in the upper Klamath River — amounts to an experiment with no guarantee of success, independent report says. L. A Times 6/25/11.
Reclamation Proposes New
Grounds to Fire E-Mailing Biologist, posted 1/16/07. (KBC
Note: here is an interesting scenario that has nothing to do with
Klamath. Rex Wahl was executive director of Forest
Guardians, a radical environmentalist group in NM that has
unconditionally opposed logging. Then the Bureau of Reclamation
made him a GS-12 Environmental Specialist earning between
$55,000 and &72,000 pay plus
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