So the scientific advisors to the US Government are telling the US Executive that further controls on shipping speed in Right whale habitat are needed, - and the Government's reaction: - Blah!
Chairman Waxman, of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee has released letters from the White House which appear to reject NOAA's recommendations for what he call's 'baseless objections' by the Executive.
Waxman notes that faster moving ships hit the whales, causing injury or death,
and thats not him or just us as NGOs saying that, but scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who say so.
- But this is not so, says Cheney's office and other White House officials, who have delayed approving the NOAA's submitted rules.
‘While I appreciate the value of vigorous scientific debate, I question why White House economic advisors are apparently conducting their own research on right whales and why the Vice President's staff is challenging the conclusions of the government's scientific experts. The appearance is that the White House rejects the conclusions of its own scientists and peer-reviewed scientific studies because it does not like the policy implications of the data. This is not how the review process is supposed to work.'
You can read more about Northern right whales here