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Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin promotes aerial hunting of wolves & bears

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the Republican nominee for vice president, promotes this barbaric practice, exploiting a loophole in the Federal Airborne Hunting Act to allow private wolf killers to shoot down wolves using aircraft.

Please watch this powerful one minute video by Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund.

WARNING: This video is extremely disturbing. It contains graphic images of aerial hunting of wolves.

Sad. /Gary

Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2008
Under: Alaska, Governor Palin, Hunting, Wolves | 10 Comments »

Sarah Palin, Republican VP choice, a concern for environmentalists

Friends of the Earth Action president Brent Blackwelder just e-mailed me the following statement in response to this morning’s announcement that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will be the Republicans’ candidate for vice president:
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Posted on Friday, August 29th, 2008
Under: Alaska, Alaska oil drilling, Wolves | No Comments »

Don’t believe Big Oil’s misleading claims on gas prices

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New poll shows: Americans support continued protection for Arctic refuge. Majority say drilling would provide no relief at the pump.

Despite a multimillion-dollar campaign to convince lawmakers that they should allow drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the American public is not buying the oil industry’s arguments, according to a new national poll conducted over the past week and released today.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
Under: Alaska, Alaska oil drilling, Arctic Refuge, Big Oil, Oil | No Comments »

Alaska aerial wolf kill means $$$ for the state

Aerial hunters have killed 124 wolves this winter in Alaska’s predator control program.

State wildlife officials believe that translates to more than 1,400 moose or almost 3,000 caribou being saved — or some combination thereof. The number of wolves killed, however, is far below the goal of 455 to 670 wolves, but it’s more than the 97 wolves taken last year.

The program, which is still ongoing, is an effort to boost moose and caribou numbers.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2008
Under: Alaska, Hunting, Killing wolves, Wolves | No Comments »

Polar bears are “Threatened” in schizophrenic ruling

Department of Interior also enacts policies to try and prevent ruling from having any impact on greenhouse gas emissions

The information below is excerpted from an e-mail I just received from Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. I couldn’t agree more. The present administration is clearly trying to have it both ways. Forced by law to declare the polar bear as a Threatened species, the Bush administration is also attempting at the same time to enact policies that will prevent the polar bear declaration from having any effect. That’s not how the Endangered Species Act works. They’re not going to get away with it. /Gary
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Posted on Thursday, May 15th, 2008
Under: Alaska, Endangered species, Polar bears | No Comments »

Alaska town sues oil & energy companies for destruction caused by global warming

Case seeks relocation of Native Alaskan village to protect it against total destruction.

I found the following press release in an e-mail from Matt Pawa, the main attorney for the case, when I got to work this morning:

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Feb. 26, 2008:
“KIVALINA, Alaska — Kivalina, a tiny and impoverished Alaskan village of Inupiat Eskimos located in the Arctic Circle, has today filed a lawsuit against industrial corporations that emit large quantities of greenhouse gases.

“Kivalina faces imminent destruction from global warming due to the melting of sea ice that formerly protected the village from coastal storms during the fall and winter. The diminished sea ice due to global warming has caused a massive erosion problem that threatens the village’s existence and urgently requires the village be relocated.

“The native Village of Kivalina, which is a federally recognized Indian Tribe, and the City of Kivalina, which is an Alaskan municipality, filed the lawsuit today in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, located in San Francisco. They filed the case on their own behalf and on behalf of all tribal members, against defendants ExxonMobil Corp., Peabody Energy Corp., Southern Company, American Electric Power Co., Duke Energy Co., Chevron Corp., and Shell Oil Co., among others.

“In total there are nine oil company defendants, 14 electric power company defendants and one coal company defendant. The suit claims damages due to the defendant companies’ contributions to global warming and invokes the federal common law of public nuisance. The suit also alleges a conspiracy by some defendants to mislead the public regarding the causes and consequences of global warming. The residents of Kivalina are among the nation’s poorest people.

“Colleen Swan, Tribal Administrator of the Native Village of Kivalina, said ‘The campaign of deception and denial about global warming must stop.’ She added, ‘Global warming and its effects are a reality we have to deal with. Peoples’ lives are in danger because of it.’ Swan noted that “official reports from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Government Accountability Office have found that Kivalina is directly harmed by global warming and must relocate at an expense that could cost $400 million or more.’

“‘We need to relocate now before we lose lives,’ echoed Janet Mitchell, City Administrator for the City of Kivalina. ‘We are seeing accelerated erosion because of the loss of sea ice. We normally have ice starting in October, but now we have open water even into December so our island is not protected from the storms.’

“The village is represented in the case by two non-profit legal organizations and six law firms.”

When my wife Lois and I were in Alaska last year, we visited Prudhoe Bay, which is the start of the big oil pipeline about 300 miles above the Arctic Circle. While there, a young Eskimo woman who worked there told us her village was being washed away because the ice pack around it was melting. I wonder if Kivalina was the village she was talking about? Interesting.

Are we entering the next phase of global warming — i.e. lawsuits? What do you think? Things definitely appear to be heating up. /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
Under: Alaska, Eskimo, Global warming | No Comments »

DO ANTLERS GROW ON TREES?

The permafrost (frozen ground) in many areas of Alaska keeps roots shallow and trees small. When our guide pointed out some caribou while we were touring Denali National Park, all we saw was a herd of gigantic antlers moving just above the little spruces. Maybe they do grow on trees.

Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2007
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Alaska’s cruel wolf slaughter

Hi Gary: My wife and I both read and enjoy your column. Since you are an animal lover, like us, I want to request that you alert your readers about an extreme situation of animal cruelty currently going on in the State of Alaska.

It is the governor sanctioned slaughter of wolves from aircraft, in violation of the Federal Hunting Act. These blood-thirsty goons (no other description is appropriate), run these magnificent wolves down to exhaustion and then execute them at point black range.

This includes mother wolves being followed by frightened cubs … all of them. Wolves are magnificent animals with sophisticated pack structures, natural and beautiful predators that keep the natural ecosystem in check.

Please use the forum of your daily column to speak out against this. /Dick Augusta, Antioch, California

Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2006
Under: Alaska, Animals, death, wild predators, Wildlife, Wolves | No Comments »