Gov. Sarah Palin is not too happy with the latest ruling putting the polar bear on the threatened list, and she’s going to do something about it.
The state of Alaska will sue to challenge the listing of polar bears as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday.
Palin said there’s insufficient evidence to support the threatened status, which U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced on May 14.
Kempthorne said the best available science indicates that the bears’ primary habitat — Arctic sea ice — was shrinking and likely to further recede.
But Palin maintained that polar bears are well managed and that their numbers have dramatically increased over the last three decades.
“The state maintains that there is insufficient evidence to support a listing of the polar bear as threatened for any reason at this time,” stated a news release issued by Palin’s office Wednesday.
“Polar bears are currently well-managed and have dramatically increased over 30 years as a result of conservation measures enacted through international agreements and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. A listing of the polar bear under the [Endangered Species Act] will not provide additional conservation measures.”
Conservation groups say the increase in Alaska’s polar bear numbers is due to measures that halted overhunting, but that populations are likely to diminish as summer sea ice shrinks.
Palin said her state’s attorney general will file a complaint under the U.S. Administrative Procedure Act, arguing that Kempthorne’s decision was so arbitrary that it violates the act.
The state will also draft a 60-day notice of intent to sue under the Endangered Species Act, Palin said.
Well there is some common sense out there after all. Good luck Sarah. You’re going to need it against the idiots that made that ruling.
Looks like Michelle Malkin has the story also. As usual, she has more information than I. But hey, I’ve got the cute polar bear picture!
Pirate’s Cove is also covering the story.
!UPDATE! It’s Going To Court.