Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Alaska Beauty Queen and Gov. Says To Polar Bears "Sorry, No Protection For You and Yours"

Not surprising I know, since the GOP is the party of climate crisis denial, but in today's news Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin(R) says the state will sue to challenge the listing of polar bears as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

Palin on Wednesday said there is insufficient evidence to support the decision U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne made last week.

Kempthorne says the best available science indicates that the bears' primary habitat, sea ice, was shrinking and likely to further recede. Palin says polar bears are well managed and that their numbers have dramatically increased over 30 years.

Conservation groups say the increase is due to measures that halted over-hunting but that populations are likely to crash as summer sea ice diminishes.-AP
And predictably, this came from our friend Ted Stevens;
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, said the litigation was predictable and national environmental organizations are harassing states like Alaska, litigating against development or use of federal lands.

"I don't see them trying to hold up traffic on U.S. 5 down in Los Angeles," he said. "Why don't they put up a roadblock on one of the freeways. They're not doing that. They're putting up roadblocks to prevent future supplies of energy in the United States."
He always makes so much sense, don't you agree? What with all the discussion of intertubes and bridges to nowhere, I think this guy should quit while he is ahead and not comment on public policy ever again.

As for the EPA guy, don't assume he is really a friend of the polar bear. He is saying on national television that he is reluctantly doing his job, because he can't figure out a way to get around the constitution. (jerk)

Oh, and by the way-- Governor Palin has been cited as being on the short list as a viable candidate for the Vice-Presidency in the 2008 election.

I can't imagine anyone that I can think of right now who would be more appealing as a vice presidential candidate," Longtime White House correspondent and Baltimore radio commentator Lester Kinsolving said.

"What helps her obviously is that she's a woman, she's attractive, she's a conservative, she has a strong record of integrity, she's a spending-cutter, she's not a tax-raiser, and those things obviously would help," Fred Barnes, a regular on Fox News and co-host of The Beltway Boys.
Wonderful, I am sure the the endangered species of the world are rooting for her.