More Hell-arious Polar Bear News
Posted by feww on May 9, 2009
Farewell Polar Bear!
Obama team OK with Bush polar bear climate rule
“The Obama administration said on Friday it will keep a Bush-era rule that weakens protection for polar bears’ icy habitat and plays down links between the threatened status of the species and climate change.” Reuters reported.
“Seeing the polar bear’s habitat melting and an iconic species threatened is an environmental tragedy of the modern age,” U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a telephone briefing.
“The best course of action for protecting the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act is to wisely implement the current rule, not revoke it at this time,” which would cause confusion, Salazar said.
Kenneth Lee “Ken” Salazar 50th United States Secretary of the Interior seen in this undated photo wearing a flag pin to prove something. The wrong person for the wrong job in the wrong administration in the wrong country at a wrong time doing all the wrong things and telling the same lies.
A spokesperson for the Center for Biological Diversity, among other environmental groups questioning the decision, wondered how the Obama team’s argument could possibly be relevant because the Endangered Species Act does not deal with large-scale threats like extinction, but it was meant to limit the use of the pesticide DDT.
Punching the air with joy, Alaska’s oil and gas Senator Lisa Murkowski said she was overwhelmed with the department’s decision to retain the existing rule, “which provides rational measures for the protection of polar bears within their natural range.”
And if the polar bears’ natural range keeps on shrinking? Hey, look, we are all human, aren’t we? Look at the blaze in Santa Barbara county!