As Interior Weighs Arctic Drilling, It Suspended Polar Bear Tracking

The Department of Interior’s director of its offshore energy bureau, Michael Bromwich, denied that Arctic scientist Charles Monnett was suspended because of questions over the integrity of his work studying how global warming is leading to the extinction of polar bears. New documents show that Monnett, placed on leave on July 18, was suspended over his work managing a polar bear tracking study, entitled “Populations and Sources of Recruitment in Polar Bears.” A stop-work order was issued for the study on July 13. However, a bureau spokesperson says that the stop-work order “has now been rescinded.” Meanwhile, the bureau is deliberating on whether to approve Shell’s risky plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean.

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