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Anti-fracking scandal: More junk 'science'

| Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Having let environmental extremism trump its own rules about relying on genuine science, the Obama administration's National Park Service has withdrawn an anti-hydraulic-fracturing document that cited a New York Times op-ed as scientific evidence.

The park service document, a public comment on a proposal to allow fracking on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property, expressed concern about “the possible spill-over effect onto national park lands, which are often near or even surrounded by BLM property,” particularly harm to air quality, The Washington Times reports.

Among supporting “evidence” the park service cited was a July 29 New York Times op-ed in which Anthony R. Ingraffea — whose work has been challenged by fellow researchers and rejected by the Department of Energy — said fracking causes leaks of methane, a greenhouse gas.

Writing with egg on his face to U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, who chairs a House subcommittee on public lands and environmental regulation, park service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said the document shouldn't have been submitted, he didn't review it first and it should have cited peer-reviewed studies, not that op-ed. Mr. Bishop said it “illustrates a shared agenda between the administration and anti-energy special interest groups.”

That “shared agenda,” long obvious to those not blinded by ideological zeal, is confirmed by this National Park Service gaffe, which makes clearer than ever what truly drives this White House's approach to energy and environmental policy.

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