Out of one pocket, into another. Bush hiked EPA funding to private companies in the American Competitive Initiative to $4.6 billion last year (totalling $86.4b by 2016), ensuring that US science will be controlled by corporate interests. PEER charges the Bush administration with “unprecedented political manipulation of environmental science to filter out inconvenient facts”.
Nor has the Harper government been idle. On 22 Oct 2007 the Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists protested that
"several budgets within Environment Canada have recently been 'frozen' or cut… the Migratory Bird program, the national Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Network, and our Canadian treasures, the National Wildlife Areas. The overall budget of the Canadian Wildlife Service has apparently been frozen. Among the important benefits of these programs, they all contribute to our understanding of the effects of global warming."To date, Minister Baird’s only response has been to tender a 'psychological intervention' to tell CWS employees to shut up and follow his script. Gossip is that they are resigning in droves.