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US Protects Polar Bears, Despite Numbers

From those champions of truth and science at the Associated Press:

US lists polar bear as threatened species

By H. JOSEF HEBERT, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – The Interior Department declared the polar bear a threatened species Wednesday because of the loss of Arctic sea ice but also cautioned the decision should not be viewed as a path to address global warming.

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne cited dramatic declines in sea ice over the last three decades and projections of continued losses, meaning, he said, that the polar bear is a species likely to be in danger of extinction in the near future

The department outlined a set of administrative actions and limits to how it planned to protect the bear with its new status so that it would not have wide-ranging adverse impact on economic activities from building power plants to oil and gas exploration.

“This listing will not stop global climate change or prevent any sea ice from melting,” said Kempthorne…

He cited conclusions by department scientists that sea ice loss will likely result in two-thirds of the polar bears disappearing by mid-century. The bear population across the Arctic from Alaska to Greenland doubled from about 12,000 to 25,000 since 1960, but he noted that scientists now predict a significant population decline.

It is the first time that the Endangered Species Act has been used to protect a species threatened by the impacts of global warming.

Environmentalists and a number of Democrats in Congress welcomed the decision to bring the bear under the protective umbrella of the Endangered Species Act, but expressed concern that its protection would be blunted by the provisions and exceptions outlined by Kempthorne.

The Bush administration “is forcing the polar bear to sink or swim,” said Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., chairman of a House committee on global warming.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., called it “a lifeline for our last remaining polar bears” but said the bear’s survival won’t be assured without limits on oil development in the same Arctic waters where the bears are found

Once again we are witnessing the triumph of propaganda over the truth.

And once again the media and the rest of the left celebrate. Or rather, complain that this preposterous ruling has not gone far enough:

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., called it “a lifeline for our last remaining polar bears” but said the bear’s survival won’t be assured without limits on oil development in the same Arctic waters where the bears are found.

That is to say, limits on US oil development in the Arctic water.  — Not anyone else’s.

Obviously Mr. Kerry so hates the United States and is so besotted of OPEC and Mr. Chavez that he is willing to have his unfortunate constituents either freeze to death or bankrupt themselves to heat their houses and get to work.

He has his priorities.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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