Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Polar Bears Now a Threatened Species


I first heard this while listening to NPR this morning. Today, the Department of Interior issued the following statement:
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, determine threatened status for the polar bear (Ursus maritimus) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) Polar bears evolved to utilize the Arctic sea ice niche and are distributed throughout most ice-covered seas of the Northern Hemisphere. We find, based upon the best available scientific and commercial information, that polar bear habitat—principally sea ice—is declining throughout the species’ range, that this decline is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, and that this loss threatens the species throughout all of its range. Therefore, we find that the polar bear is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all of its range.
The Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced that he is accepting the recommendation of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Whereas I appreciate the spirit of the need to be a good steward of the environment, a U.S. policy to demand action to protect a species that spans many non-U.S. jurisdictions seems idiotic. Will this cost the American tax payer a single dollar? Of course. Probably hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars.

The environmentalist push will be through the court system, like most liberal policies. It is unlikely Congress will act but some activist judge will.

The more I listen to the man-made global warming crowd, the more ridiculous they seem. (They say the same thing about me.) The earth has warmed and cooled for millennia. Species have come and gone (despite geopolitical barriers). A U.S. law is not going to change that.

Just because many people engage in anthropomorphic behavior, does not mean a nation should enact policy to address a problem it is incapable of addressing (nor should we spend money attempting to address it).

The polar bear will survive or fail on it own ... pure Darwinism (natural selection).

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