Science or politics? Scientists dispute whether Great Lakes' wolves should be delisted

November 25, 2015 | By JONATHAN WOOD

Last week, 26 scientists submitted a letter to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service arguing that Gray wolves in the Great Lakes region are no longer endangered under the Endangered Species Act. This week, 29 other scientists published an open letter opposing any change to the species’ status. Ordinarily, a dispute between scientists like this ...


EEOC suffers another smackdown by federal court

August 13, 2013 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Earlier this year, we discussed the pernicious use of “race-raters”  by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in EEOC v. Kaplan.  In that case, Kaplan began doing credit checks on applicants seeking positions of trust within the company, but refused to ask the applicants to indicate their race.  The EEOC found this race-neutra ...


Connect the dots, la-la-la-la

September 27, 2012 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

This article in The Examiner reminded me of Pee Wee’s “Connect the Dots” jingle from my youth.  The article is a puff piece for the American Education Research Association’s amicus brief in support of racial preferences in Fisher v. University of Texas.  Here’s a snippet: The Hispanic and African-American minority po ...


Are the courts diminishing the role of science in land use planning with the "bibliography rule"?

May 16, 2012 | By BRIAN HODGES

On June 5, the Supreme Court of Washington will decide whether to take on PLF’s Olympic Stewardship Foundation case.  The Court’s decision could have major ramifications for the applicability of science in the land use planning process. The OSF case asks whether Jefferson County adopted illegal “channel migration zone” rule ...


Science or storytelling?


Author: Daniel Himebaugh Anyone interested in the interplay of science, media, and public policy should check out Todd Myers' recent Environmental Watch.  Myers critiques a Seattle Times story which concluded that climate change is adversely affecting Costa Rican coffee yields, and driving up the price of lattes.  (Nothing captures ...