The Bush administration caved in – Polar Bear Is Declared a Threatened Species!

”Although the global population of polar bears has grown from a low of about 12,000 in the late 1960s to approximately 25,000 today, Mr. Kempthorne said government scientists had advised him that computer modeling projects ”a significant population decline” by the year 2050.”

Hur patetiskt och PK! FÖRST så konstaterar man att antalet har MER ÄN FÖRDUBBLATS de senaste 40 åren. SEDAN hänvisar man till en datormodell a la IPCC (och som vi vet är värdelösa på att göra riktiga långsiktiga prognoser, se bl.a. mitt inlägg: Tropical Water Vapor and Cloud Feedbacks in Climate Models) som motivering varför beslutet togs.

Och det blir ännu mer löjeväckande med tanke på att Kanada precis har NEDGRADERAT HOTET TILL DET NÄST LÄGSTA till ”a species of Special Concern” (se mitt inlägg: Kanada nedgraderar ”hotet” mot isbjörnarna! Or More Polar Bear Baloney!)

Och kanadensarna borde ju som sagt veta vad de pratat om. Merparten av världens isbjörnar finns på kanadensisk mark och där anses de som sagt INTE hotade. Med det är klart, dessa klimat/dator modeller vet naturligtvis bättre än eskimåerna som levt med isbjörnar i tusentals år.

Se även mina inlägg: Mera isbjörnar! Och fler och fler blir dom.,   ”The report of our extinction was an exaggeration.”Dessa Isbjörnar igen!,

Press release här:

http://www.doi.gov/issues/polar_bears.html

och här:

http://www.doi.gov/news/08_News_Releases/080514a.html

Atikeln finns här:

http://online.wsj.com/public/article_print/SB121078668964492405.html

Polar Bear Is Declared A Threatened Species

By IAN TALLEY and STEPHEN POWER

May 15, 2008

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration declared the polar bear a threatened species, acknowledging that the loss of sea ice caused by global warming was jeopardizing the animal’s long-term survival.

The decision, after months of delay and legal challenges, was greeted by environmental groups as a watershed moment, and sharply criticized by conservatives who fear its ramifications for the U.S economy. In its announcement, however, the administration took steps to limit the decision’s impact on drilling activities in Alaska, or on other business activities.

Opponents of listing the bear as threatened have long questioned the science behind such a move. They also predict it will trigger new restrictions on drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic, as well as limits on a range of activities that contribute to the emission of gases that cause global warming.

In announcing the decision Wednesday, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said he was compelled to act both by the requirements of the federal Endangered Special Act and by scientific evidence showing the bear’s habitat is melting. Although the global population of polar bears has grown from a low of about 12,000 in the late 1960s to approximately 25,000 today, Mr. Kempthorne said government scientists had advised him that computer modeling projects ”a significant population decline” by the year 2050. Last year, he added, Arctic sea ice fell to the lowest level ever recorded by satellite.

”This decision may not be a popular decision, but I believe it is the right decision,” Mr. Kempthorne said.

It is unclear how the Interior Department’s move will ultimately affect drilling activities in Alaska, or the broader debate over how to fight climate change. The head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dale Hall, said his agency would begin work on a recovery plan for the bear, but he declined to speculate on what new regulations might result from that process.

In one step that could limit the decision’s impact on drilling, Mr. Kempthorne said the administration would promulgate a rule stating that if an activity is permissible under the Marine Mammal Protection Act — another federal law covering the bear and with which oil companies in Alaska must already comply — it is also permissible under the Endangered Species Act.

While acknowledging that global warming is ”a factor” in the loss of sea ice, and that the loss of sea ice is ”the dominant factor” threatening the bear, Mr. Kempthorne also said the administration would also instruct Fish and Wildlife staff that ”the best scientific data available today cannot make a causal connection between harm to” the bear or its habitat ”and greenhouse-gas emissions from a specific facility, or resource development project, or government action.”

Environmentalists expressed alarm at that part of the announcement. ”The administration’s decision is riddled with loopholes, caveats, and backhanded language that could actually undermine protections for the polar bear and other species,” Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope said in a statement.

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