Politics And The Polar Bear

It seems Barbara Boxer is getting her way by going to a liberal judge, in Oakland of course, to rule on listing the polar bear as endangered.

A federal judge in Oakland has ordered the Interior Department to decide by May 15 if the polar bear should be protected as an endangered species because of melting sea ice due to global warming.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken decided, in a ruling released today, that government failed to meet the deadline of Jan. 9, a legal requirement under the Endangered Species Act. She dismissed the Bush administration’s plea to give it until June 30, saying officials offered “no specific facts that would justify the existing delay, much less further delay.”

To give the administration more time, the judge wrote, “would violate the mandated listing deadlines under the [Endangered Species Act] and congressional intent that time is of the essence in listing threatened species.”

Wilken’s decision is a victory for three conservation groups that petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency of the Interior Department, to protect the polar bear as a species threatened with extinction because of receding sea ice.

But the real reason is not to help the polar bear, it is to close ANWR once and for all.

The polar bear listing comes as the Bush administration is moving to open to new oil and gas drilling prime polar bear habitat in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s north coast. Under questioning from members of Congress, Interior Department officials have asserted that the delay on the polar bear listing and the movement toward new drilling are not connected.

Moreover, the Bush administration and global warming skeptics, such as Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) have argued that the effort to list the polar bear as endangered is part of an agenda by environmentalists to thwart new coal-fired power plants needed to meet America’s growing energy needs.

Canada, which has roughly two thirds of the polar bear population, just ruled that the polar bear is NOT threatened. So if the ruling is any different here, you can bet it’s the liberal left twisting the facts and working the system to their benefit.

U.S. group calls on Canada to list polar bears as threatened

An American environmental activist group says it wants Canada to follow suit if the U.S. lists polar bears as a threatened species.

With the U.S. government expected to announce within weeks whether to grant the bears protection as a threatened species under its Endangered Species Act, the Center for Biological Diversity criticized a Canadian scientific committee’s recommendation last week to list the bears as a species of “special concern” in Canada.

“The only way that recommendation was issued for a ‘species of special concern’ was by simply ignoring projections based on global warming, and we think that was incorrect,” Kassie Siegel, an attorney with the California and Arizona-based group, told CBC News on Tuesday.

On Friday, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) recommended that the federal government keep polar bears on the list of species of “special concern,” a status that is one step down from “threatened” and two steps down from “endangered.”

The polar bear has had the “special concern” status since 1991.

Members on the scientific advisory committee said the “special concern” listing best reflects varying conditions among the numerous polar bear populations in Canada’s North, which has declining polar bear numbers in some parts but stable or even rising numbers in others.

And we all know that an Activist Group based in Arizona and California knows a lot more about polar bears than the people that live with them. Egotistical? That’s putting it mildly.


12 Responses

  1. Yes…God forbid a judge uphold the law…

  2. Our do nothing congress can’t do anything for our security, but by all means, let’s rush to fix a non-problem.

  3. Umm…”do nothing Congress?” Correct me if I’m wrong, but the case you just outlined specifically ordered the Bush Administration to take action because it was literally “doing nothing.”

    And this court case has nothing to do with Congress whatsoever; it concerns only the Executive branch’s refusal to enforce the law.

  4. The whole thing is ridiculous.

  5. Politics as usual.

  6. There are more polar bears than there have been in YEARS! They didn’t die during the medieval warm period.

  7. Well now, you can’t let the facts get in the way of an agenda. It’s the old saying, tell a lie often enough and it sounds like the truth. Seems a lot of the Kool-Aid drinkers have become deaf to the truth.

  8. Yep. They’re good swimmers, too, and think nothing of a 60-mile swim in search of yummy seals.

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