Age of Grand Canyon a Bush secret

Grand Canyon National Park is not permitted to give an official estimate of the geologic age of its principal feature, due to pressure from Bush administration appointees.

Despite promising a prompt review of its approval for a book claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah’s flood rather than by geologic forces, more than three years later no review has ever been done and the book remains on sale at the park, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

“In order to avoid offending religious fundamentalists, our National Park Service is under orders to suspend its belief in geology,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch.

“It is disconcerting that the official position of a national park as to the geologic age of the Grand Canyon is ‘no comment.’”

In a letter released today, PEER urged the new Director of the National Park Service (NPS), Mary Bomar, to end the stalling tactics, remove the book from sale at the park and allow park interpretive rangers to honestly answer questions from the public about the geologic age of the Grand Canyon.

PEER is also asking Director Bomar to approve a pamphlet, suppressed since 2002 by Bush appointees, providing guidance for rangers and other interpretive staff in making distinctions between science and religion when speaking to park visitors about geologic issues.

3 responses to “Age of Grand Canyon a Bush secret”

  1. […] But can one fund critical thinking? What can one do with a scholarship for 'critical' thinking? It doesn't imply an education fund, because as we all know, there's no guarantee of any thinking happening in education. A person could use the money to go to the Grand Canyon, buy up all the books that state the Grand Canyon is the result of the Noah's Arc flood, and tastefully turn such into organic compost, but what would be accomplished? Silliness is like water, and it always flows back into the void when reason passes. […]

  2. Ranger X Avatar

    There are a lot of problems with this story. My investigation turned up a lot. Don’t believe everything you read.

    GRC sells books, not the NPS. GRC is a private, non-profit group. They also sell American Indian books with creation myths. The book in question is in the “inspirational” section. Most of PEER’s claims are wildly unsubstantiated.

  3. Jim Small Avatar
    Jim Small

    Sorry Doonesbury fans, but there never was a directive from the Bush administration that probibits National Park Service employees from discussing the geologic age of the Grand Canyon. This is just a bit of leftist propaganda originated by a group that calls itself Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility with no evidence or substantiation presented.

    If you check the National Park Service web site for the Grand Canyon, you’ll see all sorts of scientific data about this scenic wonder–and not a single mention about biblical dates.

    Further, if such a directive did exist you would read about it on the front page of the New York Times and not learn about it through some obscure web site or e-mail chain letter or a comic strip.

    If you fell for this bit of nonsense, you are either incredibly naive or so full of hate that you can ignore your critical thinking faculties.