Arctic scientist's complaint being reviewed

Aug 13, 2011 By BECKY BOHRER , Associated Press

(AP) -- An inquiry is under way into the treatment of suspended Arctic scientist Charles Monnett, an Interior Department official said.

The department's scientific integrity officer, Ralph Morgenweck, confirmed the inquiry in a letter this week to the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. PEER, which filed a last month on Monnett's behalf, provided a copy to The Associated Press on Friday.

The group accuses top officials within Interior's Bureau of Management, Regulation and Enforcement, or BOEMRE, of scientific and scholarly misconduct for their treatment of Monnett.

PEER said Monnett, who coordinated much of BOEMRE's research on the Arctic ecology and wildlife, was placed on leave pending results of an inspector general's investigation into "integrity issues."

PEER, in its complaint, asked that Monnett be reinstated and that the investigation be dropped or pursued by specifying charges against Monnett, in accordance with department policy.

An Interior spokesman said Friday that the letter shows that PEER's allegation is being reviewed under the "standard procedures" contained within a scientific integrity policy implemented earlier this year.

PEER lists as subjects of its complaint agency director Michael Bromwich, acting Alaska regional director James Kendall, deputy regional director Jeffery Loman and any others involved in the handling of Monnett's case. It also names a special agent within the inspector general's office, who has questioned Monnett and his chain-of-command.

PEER has said the investigation into Monnett has focused on the scientific merit of a 2006 article in which he and a colleague recorded their observations of apparently drowned in the Arctic. That article helped to galvanize the global warming movement.

Monnett's suspension came in the midst of a monthslong investigation by the inspector general's office. BOEMRE has indicated that his being placed on leave was related to how a polar bear research project was awarded and managed.

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omatumr
2.3 / 5 (11) Aug 13, 2011
Totalitarianism in government science - guided by politicians and propaganda artists - is the greatest threat to science today.

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo
Loodt
1.9 / 5 (13) Aug 13, 2011
I read the interview with Monnett. The inspectors did not ask him how many UFOs, in addition to drowning polar bears, he counted.

Monnett is so good that he is bound to come up with a number for UFOs.

We need to establish the relationship between dead polar bears, UFOs, and global warming. All of the aforementioned are fields of study that is relevent to our survival as a species on MOTHER GAIA!
Vendicar_Decarian
3 / 5 (8) Aug 14, 2011
Politically motivated witch hunt by the Republicans who so clearly are trying to quash the science using political means.

Republicans seek to destroy anything that does not align with Conservative dogma. Including their own nation.
Truthforall
1 / 5 (2) Sep 14, 2011
Does PEER receives any government funding?

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