Sarah Palin Tries, And Fails, To Get Polar Bears Taken Off ‘Threatened Species’ List


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Not many people know about what Sarah Palin did during her tenure as Governor of Alaska. Many people are familiar with the stories of her hunting wolves from a helicopter with a rifle, which she has done, but are you aware that during her time as Governor she tried to get Polar Bears taken off the ‘threatened species’ list?

And why would the queen of chanting “Drill, Baby, Drill!” want to get Polar Bears taken off the threatened species list? Because she believes that keeping them on the ‘threatened species’ list would “cripple oil and gas development” in Alaska. That’s right, Sarah Palin thinks that Alaskans should have the right to kill Polar Bears so that the oil and gas industry can drill more wells, and destroy more polar bear habitats.

Via Think Progress;

[I]n 2008, media mega-star Sarah Palin was still the governor of Alaska. Fearing that protecting the polar bear would “cripple oil and gas development” off Alaska’s coasts, Palin — a well-worn climate science deniersued the government to remove the species from the list. Palin pointed to the high population of polar bears in 2008 and dismissed climate models that predict continued loss of sea ice as “unreliable,” “uncertain,” and “unproven.”

But U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan backed the government scientists’ finding this week “that global warming is threatening the survival of the polar bear.” In a 116-page opinion, Sullivan dismissed Palin and hunting groups’ arguments as “nothing more than competing views about policy and science” and ruled on the side of science:

Notwithstanding a handful of references to uncertainty that appear in record documents, Joint Plaintiffs have failed to persuade this Court that FWS [U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service] implemented the ESA [Endangered Species Act] “haphazardly.” Accordingly, the Court concludes that FWS did not act arbitrarily in relying on and drawing reasonable conclusions from the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] reports and climate models in making its listing determination for the polar bear.

Under the judge’s ruling, the polar bear is still listed as “threatened,” not “endangered,” on the endangered species list. The U.S. Justice Department stated yesterday that “it was pleased that the court agreed with its argument that the decision was based on the science available at the time.”

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