Today's AP featured a rather extraordinary claim by the United States Navy. In a story about the particular vulnerability "beaked" whales (a kind of small toothed whale that encompasses about twenty different species) to naval sonar, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Admiral Robert F. Willard says:
"The frustration and challenge is that we are being asked to put mitigating procedures into place, or to not operate and restrict our freedom of operations, without any foundation whatsoever,"
As for those mitigation measures that the Navy is being asked to put in place--not just by NRDC, mind you, but by California Coastal Commission and others--they are designed to, you know, expose whales to less sound. So let's review: (1) there is "overwhelming evidence" that the sound caused by naval sonar kills beaked whales; (2) the Navy is being asked to undertake measures to reduce the level of sound these animals are exposed to; but (3) there is not "any foundation whatsoever" for that request. Right.