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Polar bears left out in the cold by Bush

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 at 5:57 am in Alaska oil drilling, Global warming, Polar bears.

Bush administration foot-dragging leaves polar bears without protection
Interior Department says it will not meet deadline … Select Committee Hearing to explore Interior’s decision-making process on polar bears, oil drilling …

On Monday (Jan. 7), the Bush administration announced it wouldn’t meet its statutorily required deadline to make a decision on the future of the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act. The Interior Department was required to make a decision on whether the polar bear should be listed as “threatened” under the ESA by Jan. 9, due to the effects of global warming on the bear’s habitat.

Meanwhile, the Interior Department recently announced that it will proceed with a lease sale early next month to open up polar bear habitats off of Alaska to new oil drilling.

“The Bush administration is once again putting the oil cart before the polar bear. On the one hand, the Interior Department is dragging its feet on protecting the polar bear, while opening up new oil and gas drilling in sensitive polar bear habitats on the other,” said Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. “The administration’s own scientists are warning us that two-thirds of all polar bears may be gone by 2050 because of a warming Earth, yet rather than speed up protections for this iconic animal, the Bush administration is speeding up its giveaway of polar bear habitat to Big Oil.”

The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming will hold a hearing later this month to:
** Take a look at the future of the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act.
** Take a look at the Interior Department’s plan to open up polar bear habitats in Alaska to new oil drilling.

Center for Biological Diversity:

Defenders of Wildlife:

Once again the Bush administration is going out of its way to show us where its priorities are by thumbing its nose at the environment … and us.

They’ve only got one year left in office to destroy this planet. I guess that’s why they’re in such a hurry. /gary

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  1. Barry Says:

    Once again the enviromental idiots put the polar bear above our energy needs. Just remember, it’s the oil companies that supplies your gas when you drive to Starbucks and all the other luxuries you enjoy-not the polar bear. Once again Hillary was right..”it takes a village to raise idiots and California leads the way”!

  2. AnimalLover Says:

    Just one more year of the Bushinator. What Mr. Pea Brain Bush seems to have forgotten is that if we don’t take care of the environment, none of us will be here. So, as the powers that be continue to put the environment last and big money and business first, we are quickly killing the planet and all its inhabitants including ourselves. We will soon reach a point where it will be too late to undo the damage we have done. There is a couple of fabulous Discovery Series called “Planet Earth” and “Life of Mammals”. You can see how beautiful the planet is and also how devastating we are to the planet in our ignorance.

  3. Barry Says:

    Yes, I agree with Anallover. Man is devastating to the planet therefore why don’t you go kill yourself to make the planet more habital to for the animals. I have traveled a lot and I haven’t seen another nation take care of the environment better than the USA. Yes business is always bad so maybe there should be no more businesses which to build your house, make your animal food etc. Yeah, who’s the PEA BRAIN? JUST LOOK ABOVE!

  4. Pat in Antioch Says:

    That’s all I keep telling myself…..”they only have one more year”…………………….THANK GOD!

    Pat in Antioch

  5. Barry Says:

    How dare you mention “GOD”, Pat. Why you libs hate the mention of GOD anywhere! I hope you aren’t heating your home this winter or buying gas to do your part to save the bears and the environment. Rather I bet you are a hypocrite like the rest of the Libs. Where do these idiots come from? Oh, that’s right, these people are California educated! Time for me to get myself a hunting license to go hunt some bears and the other animals that crap in the woods without regard to environmental issues!

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