We don't care about the facts!"
The emails between National Park Service (NPS) officials include statements such as “my personal and professional opinion is that the potential impacts stated in the DEIS as [sic] grossly overestimated and even then they are minor to negligible” and “there exists no information we could find that would [suggest] how contamination of park waters might physically occur.” DEIS stands for Draft Environmental Impact Statement, being discussed in the emails by hydrologists.
“The DEIS goes to great lengths in an attempt to establish impacts to water resources from uranium mining. It fails to do so, but instead creates enough confusion and obfuscation of hydrogeologic principles to create the illusion that there could be adverse impacts if uranium mining occurred,” states another email.
“This is obviously a touchy case where the hard science doesn’t strongly support a policy position,” another email says. “Probably the best way to ‘finesse’ this would be fall back on the ‘precautionary principle’ and take the position that in absence of even more complete certainty that there is no connection between uranium mines and regional ground water, we need to be cautions [sic]??”
Put into plain language: "We need to lie."
And on the Gulf drilling moratorium,
They noted that in documents obtained by the House Natural Resources Committee, Kendall revised the draft OIG investigation report to strike a sentence stating the role of President Obama in requesting the 30-Day Report, and proposed striking entire pages of findings, including those detailing the White House role in revising the report “to give the untrue impression that the Administration’s political decision to impose a six-month drilling moratorium was reviewed by independent peer review experts.”
These people really would prefer us dying in the dark and hot/cold rather than mine/drill for what we need.