PZ Myers posted Entry 2753 on December 6, 2006 03:18 PM.
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The Tangled Bank

Take a voyage with Captain Collins on the 68th Tangled Bank expedition. No squid or pirates were spotted this time, but it's still fascinating stuff.

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Comment #149108

Posted by brightmoon on December 8, 2006 5:36 PM (e)

off topic but important, from the Union of Concerned Scientists (theyre online)

The EPA Closes Its Libraries, Destroys Documents
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun closing its nationwide network of scientific libraries, effectively preventing EPA scientists and the public from accessing vast amounts of data and information on issues from toxicology to pollution. Several libraries have already been dismantled, with their contents either destroyed or shipped to repositories where they are uncataloged and inaccessible.

The scientific information contained in the EPA libraries is essential to the agency’s ability to make fully informed decisions that carry out its mission of protecting human health and the environment. Members of Congress have asked the EPA to cease and desist. Please call EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson at (202) 564-4700 and tell him how much scientists rely on data and literature. Urge him to immediately halt the dismantling of the library system until Congress approves the EPA budget and all materials are readily available online.

Update, 3:00 p.m. EST 12/4: Calls are already flooding in and we’ve received reports that the EPA office is making the following arguments:

1. The EPA is not closing any libraries.
2. The EPA is not destroying any documents, only archiving them.
3. It is more effective to call your member of Congress.

The Truth: Five libraries have already closed, with several more having reduced their hours. Evidence shows that scientific journals have indeed been recycled or thrown away. And Congress is already aware of this problem; the decision to stop the closing of libraries and the destruction of documents lies now with Administrator Johnson. For detailed evidence, click on “tell me more” below.