Court Upholds Bush Determination on Polar Bear

by Myron Ebell on July 1, 2011

in Blog, Features

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Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan on Thursday upheld the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.  Environmental groups had sued to change the listing to endangered, which would lead to much more restrictive protection measures.  The State of Alaska and industry groups represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation had sued to de-list the polar bear.

The decision to uphold the Interior Department decision made during the George W. Bush administration does not stop the litigation underway to overturn a separate ruling made by then-Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and upheld by the current Secretary, Ken Salazar, that the threatened listing should not be used to force reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (which allegedly cause global warming which allegedly threatens the sea ice that polar bears depend on for hunting seals), but should be confined to protecting polar bear habitat in Alaska.

BobRGeologist July 1, 2011 at 9:26 pm

On an August goose hunting trip in Canada in the 1970’s I encountered Polar bears near the southern end of Hudson Bay, indicating they can survive far south of their usual range along the Arctic ocean. Lucky for us one of our party had enough slug loads to arm ourselves properly if threatened. All you need is a climate graph of the Holocene to see that there have been 4 warming periods during the 10,000 years since the last glaciation melted away which would have freed the Northwest Passage of ice, spoiling the Arctic ocean for seal hunting. Our biggest problem is excessive environmentalism and politicians and judges with little knowledge of the natural world. And the fact that greenhouse gases are not our enemy but our only support from a return of the next Pleistocene glaciation.

Jack Savage July 2, 2011 at 3:44 am

Dangerous outbreaks of Common Sense seem to be more and more frequent.
CAGW never seems to fare very well when it gets itself under the legal microscope.
If we are going to worry about Polar Bears…….and we should….we should start with not hunting and killing them.

John July 2, 2011 at 10:03 am

They should be totally delisted as their numbers are increasing not decreasing.

BobRGeologist July 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm

We continue to “shoot ourselves in the foot” with stupid rulings by officials ignorant as babes in the woods of the natural world. I believe a geological course in world history would eliminate travesties such as the endangered polar bear. It should be introduced at the High School level to counter the utter nonsence of creation science. and other fuzzy idiologies.

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