There’s a mystery at the normally quiescent Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. The suspension of Charles Monnett from his government job is either the collapse of yet another powerful claim of the environmental movement, a normal government personnel action blown out of all proportion, or a cynical decision by the Obama administration to throw the polar bears under the bus in its haste to ‘drill, baby drill’ in pristine arctic waters.Monnett is the scientist who famously brought the drowning polar bears to the world’s attention. Global warming was melting the ice; polar bears were drowning in the open arctic seas. The plight of the polar bear became a rallying call for global greens and featured in Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. The May 2008 decision to list polar bears as the first species to be specifically threatened as a result of global warming was a major step forward for the climate change movement.Now Monnett has been suspended amid concerns about his scientific work and nobody (yet) is talking to the press. Monnett’s green supporters are attacking the Department of the Interior and the Obama administration for silencing an important environmental scientist ahead of a decision on Alaskan oil and gas drilling.But that’s not the whole story.Jeff Gleason, Monnett’s copilot on the trip that discovered the dead polar bears in the first place, said “I don’t remember anything in the way of dead polar bears”. Suzanne Goldenberg at the Guardian quotes Gleason as telling investigators “he [Gleason] had consulted a data base which showed no record of polar bear drowning going back 30 years.”Fox News has also jumped on that angle: Monnett was suspended “possibly over the accuracy of his observations” says the ‘fair and balanced’ network.We shall see; whatever happens, I’m rooting for the bears.