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Polar Bears Said to be Starving - and It's Wicked George W's Fault
The Independent/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 02/12/2006 5:09:44 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

by Mark Finkelstein

February 12, 2006

The British newspaper calls itself "The Independent," but an article in today's edition indicates it's hardly independent of the kind of environmentalist scare-mongering common in the US press.

How's this for an over-the-top headline?: "Starving Polar Bears Shame Bush to Act"

The gist is that global warming is causing the Arctic ice cap to melt, which in turn reduces areas in which polar bears can hunt for seals, the staple of their diet.

Author Geoffrey Lean [special sympathy for the hungry?] brands Bush's stance on climate change "obdurate," which last I looked means "hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; stubbornly impenitent." No media bias there!

The article offers only the scantest anectdotal evidence in support of its claims: one person killed by bears in the Russian arctic, evidence of bears eating their own. Have bears never killed humans before, or have jealous males not killed and perhaps eaten cubs, as is common in some species?

The article closes by expressing the possibility/hope that polar bears will be listed under the US Endangered Species Act, which would force regulatory agencies to take into account how their decisions would affect it. "This could lead to tougher measures to control the spread of pollution that causes global warming, and stricter fuel-economy standards for vehicles."

Is this good science, or a SUV-as-bear-killer critique of all things American and by extension of the free market?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: americahate; arctic; bushhate; environmentalwackos; globalwarming; polarbears
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1 posted on 02/12/2006 5:09:47 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Starving polar bear ping to the Today Show ping list.


2 posted on 02/12/2006 5:10:32 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Do they really think that this tripe passes for fact outside the leftist koolaid centers?


3 posted on 02/12/2006 5:13:41 AM PST by saveliberty ( :-) I am a Snowflake and Bushbot.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The bear wasn't even starving, he just ate a Russian.


4 posted on 02/12/2006 5:13:53 AM PST by Always Right
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

5 posted on 02/12/2006 5:14:54 AM PST by RedBeaconNY (If you want to know what God thinks of money, look at the people He gave it to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Strange... this was from last year.

A leading Canadian authority on polar bears, Mitch Taylor, said: "We’re seeing an increase in bears that’s really unprecedented, and in places where we’re seeing a decrease in the population it’s from hunting, not from climate change."

Polar bears defy extinction threat (Flashback: Global warming just isn't killing them!)

6 posted on 02/12/2006 5:15:01 AM PST by Chanticleer (May you be gruntled and combobulated in 2006.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Wonder what polar bears taste like - you know, if they're cured and grilled properly?


7 posted on 02/12/2006 5:16:12 AM PST by Allegra (Suffering from a Malady Known as "Troll Fatigue")
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To: Chanticleer

But, but, but . . .

That can't BE! We know all the bears are starving to death due to the Wicked W!


8 posted on 02/12/2006 5:16:17 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

And Polar Bears aren't even included in the poverty census. We need to get them on welfare fast!!


9 posted on 02/12/2006 5:16:33 AM PST by westmichman (Please pray with me for global warming)
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To: Allegra
Wonder what polar bears taste like?

Just like spotted owl.

11 posted on 02/12/2006 5:17:08 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: GBoettner

George Bush's minions, no less!


12 posted on 02/12/2006 5:18:46 AM PST by RedBeaconNY (If you want to know what God thinks of money, look at the people He gave it to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

the were all fat and happy during Clinton's years in office... they started starving the minute W took office...

*rolls eyes*


14 posted on 02/12/2006 5:20:32 AM PST by conservative physics
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To: GBoettner

the NSA... that's part of why the Dims want to bring it under!


15 posted on 02/12/2006 5:21:44 AM PST by RedBeaconNY (If you want to know what God thinks of money, look at the people He gave it to.)
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To: Always Right
The bear wasn't even starving, he just ate a Russian.

The bear wasn't starving once it ate the Russian, was it?

16 posted on 02/12/2006 5:21:49 AM PST by ricks_place
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To: westmichman

First, the liberals scream that we should not Arm Bears, now they'll be screaming for Bear food stamps.


17 posted on 02/12/2006 5:23:13 AM PST by C210N (Bush SPYED, Terrorists DIED!)
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To: Allegra
I visited Point Barrow in 1969 thanks to Uncle Sam. There were two Polar Bears at the Naval Arctic Research Lab. They had been found by their dead mother and the scientists adopted them.

The mother was barbequed and all present said that she tasted just like chicken! Of course the Point Barrow 'skimos preferred whale blubber which definitely tastes like chicken.

18 posted on 02/12/2006 5:24:55 AM PST by Young Werther
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
*** Breaking News ***

The world has been warming since THE ICE AGE.

How do ya think they retreated for Millions of years ?

...Gee, those cars must not have been very efficient back then !!!

19 posted on 02/12/2006 5:25:37 AM PST by LiveFreeOrDie2001 (WAKE UP AND SMELL THE SECURITY FLAWS !)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Arctic ice cap to melt, which in turn reduces areas in which polar bears can hunt for seals, the staple of their diet.

Just to point out how stupid this article is let me ask a question. Lets say the Arctic Ice cap is melting. How does that reduce the area for hunting seals. Seal are sea critters and the polar bears hunt at the seas edge. Is the coast line shrinking as well?

20 posted on 02/12/2006 5:26:47 AM PST by Fzob (Why does this tag line keep showing up?)
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To: Chanticleer
So on one hand, there is an unprecedented increase in the population of these bears, and on the other hand, they are starving and in need of being put on the Endangered Species list.

Sounds like bipolar bears to me.
21 posted on 02/12/2006 5:27:04 AM PST by Fatuncle (Were I not ignorant, I would not come here to learn.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Wow!! This Bush Man really gets around, from blowing up the the levees in New Orleans, to starving the bears in Alaska,to the fires on the west coast, and on and on.


22 posted on 02/12/2006 5:27:26 AM PST by KenmcG414 (wHAT'ST)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I'm confused .. aren't we suppose to be saving the seals?


23 posted on 02/12/2006 5:28:06 AM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists.. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
What? Aren't they throwing enough garbage out in Churchill Manitoba)? Those Canadians! And to think we get the blame!

(8^D)

24 posted on 02/12/2006 5:28:24 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Allegra

Don't eat the liver.


25 posted on 02/12/2006 5:28:27 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: KenmcG414

He's Omnipresentally Evil.


26 posted on 02/12/2006 5:28:34 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: Young Werther
The mother was barbequed and all present said that she tasted just like chicken!

LOL - doesn't everything?

I read an article about the day every spring in Barrow when the sun crests for the first time after the winter dark and how it's a celebration. It sounded so interesting (even though I detest the cold.)

Did you get to participate in anything like that?

27 posted on 02/12/2006 5:29:00 AM PST by Allegra (Suffering from a Malady Known as "Troll Fatigue")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

"Is this good science, or a SUV-as-bear-killer critique of all things American and by extension of the free market?"

Total fabrication. As has been reported on FR, the polar ice is not 'melting'. The claim that it has is based on very spotty measurements of artic ice made by infrequent submarine visits during the cold war. Yes, there is less ice at these specific points, but that only because the ice has been moved to other points. If the same measurements were taken a few miles away, the ice thickness would be unchanged.


28 posted on 02/12/2006 5:29:00 AM PST by DugwayDuke (Stupidity can be a self-correcting problem.)
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To: Mo1
I'm confused .. aren't we supposed to be saving the seals?

Ding! Ding! Ding! LOL o' the Day!

29 posted on 02/12/2006 5:29:41 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: Mo1
I'm confused .. aren't we suppose to be saving the seals?

The baby seals taste pretty good. I like them with a little garlic and butter sauce.

30 posted on 02/12/2006 5:30:40 AM PST by Allegra (Suffering from a Malady Known as "Troll Fatigue")
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To: LiveFreeOrDie2001
...Gee, those cars must not have been very efficient back then !!!

Yep! (Hard to get decent mileage when you haven't invented the wheel yet....)

31 posted on 02/12/2006 5:30:45 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: C210N

Why can't the bears eat Hollywood liberals?


32 posted on 02/12/2006 5:31:20 AM PST by NewCenturions
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To: governsleastgovernsbest




http://www.thewildones.org/SFC/Seana/ryan.html

"....All five counties that have Polar Bears now give these giants of the north special protection. In 1973, the U.S.S.R, Norway, Greenland, Canada and the United States signed the Oslo Agreement. The agreement tried to do three main things: it hoped to preserve the rights of Eskimos to hunt Polar Bears; it proposed rules to protect cubs and females with cubs and it sought to outlaw the killing of Polar Bears form airplanes and large boats.

The five countries have since passed laws based on the agreement. Except for a few non-native permits issued in Canada, only Eskimos can now hunt Polar Bears. All countries have outlawed the use of airplanes and large boats from hunting the bears. Cubs and females with cubs are protected in all countries except the United States. Eskimos kill about one thousand Polar Bears each year. This is less that in years past."


33 posted on 02/12/2006 5:31:21 AM PST by YaYa123
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Uhhhh...let them drink Coke.


34 posted on 02/12/2006 5:32:53 AM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: saveliberty
If you follow the link to the original story, it clearly cites that the report is from the United Nations Environment Programme

You can read the original story that cites the UN "science" here.

35 posted on 02/12/2006 5:33:47 AM PST by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: Allegra

Fishy!


36 posted on 02/12/2006 5:34:10 AM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: Chanticleer
Strange... this was from last year. A leading Canadian authority on polar bears, Mitch Taylor, said: "We’re seeing an increase in bears that’s really unprecedented

lol. Would ya stop letting facts get in the way of a good smear? Sheesh.

37 posted on 02/12/2006 5:34:30 AM PST by N. Beaujon (http://www.nbeaujon.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

 



38 posted on 02/12/2006 5:36:06 AM PST by Fintan (Shut up. You're rude and silly. And ugly.)
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To: YaYa123

And the bears, of course, continue to hunt and kill anyone or anything they want.


39 posted on 02/12/2006 5:36:06 AM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
The centre believes that the rate of retreat is accelerating. Worse still for the bears, the melting is starting earlier, depriving them of seals in the spring, when they have always stocked up on food to see them through the summer.

But, but, but... what about this? I'm so confused!

Dramatic changes in the earth's surface temperatures are an ordinary phenomenon, not an anomaly, he said, and result from variations in the sun's energy output and ultraviolet radiation.

Coming Next: Scientist predicts 'mini Ice Age'

George W. Bush -- responsible for solar activity? Who does he think he is, Chuck Norris?

40 posted on 02/12/2006 5:36:42 AM PST by Chanticleer (May you be gruntled and combobulated in 2006.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

No more Dodo birds, bush fault.


41 posted on 02/12/2006 5:36:52 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (“Don't approach a Bull from the front, a Horse from the rear, or a Fool from any side.”)
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To: Fintan

Isn't that the same bear that was recently on a New Orleans roof top?


42 posted on 02/12/2006 5:37:35 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Y'know, now that you mention it...



43 posted on 02/12/2006 5:46:03 AM PST by Fintan (Shut up. You're rude and silly. And ugly.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
global warming is causing the Arctic ice cap to melt, which in turn reduces areas in which polar bears can hunt for seals

Bad logic. If their hunting area shrinks, there will be more seals per iceberg....they gotta go somewhere.

Kind of like river fishing when the water is low. The fish are all concentrated in what's left of the deep spots and they are easier to find and catch.

44 posted on 02/12/2006 5:48:20 AM PST by capt. norm (Error: Keyboard not attached. Press F1 to continue)
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To: Allegra
I was the Officer in Charge of an AF inspection team. We traveled to every DEW Line site in Alaska, Canada and Greenland. We missed the annual Eskimo whale hunt in Barrow. We goth there the first week in May and were treated to a whale blubber buffet!

The town had begun to grow due to the Prudhoe Bay oil exploration nearby. An eight bedroom motel had been constructed and the airport had experienced a surge of traffic.

While at Cape Dyer on Baffin Island I was throwing out some trash at the dining hall when I came face to face with a young polar bear who was feasting on the garbage in the garbage sled. I told my team mates and we fetched our cameras to take pictures. The site manager was present, ( it was sat night and we were watching movies in the dining hall) and he notified the Mounties since a Eskimo village was about a mile from the DEW Line site. It was determined that this bear was a danger to the eskimo community since it was now feeding off garbage and not hunting. The children would be at risk so the Mounties decided to ask for permission to kill the bear. Quebec was queried and permission was received, (Polar Bears were/are a protected animal in Canada). A lottery was held to see which Eskimo would "take" the bear. The family would then be the owner of the bear skin and meat!

45 posted on 02/12/2006 5:49:14 AM PST by Young Werther
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To: Allegra

LOL! .. you're so bad


46 posted on 02/12/2006 5:52:30 AM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists.. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

" Have bears never killed humans before, or have jealous males not killed and perhaps eaten cubs, as is common in some species?"

- Polar bears are extremely dangerous and anyone who enters their hunting area without a rifle is looking to get eaten. As you can imagine, food in the Arctic is scarce and Polar bears will go after anything that moves and that includes cubs who may have lost the protection of their mother.


47 posted on 02/12/2006 6:10:57 AM PST by finnigan2
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To: finnigan2

Thanks for confirming my suspicions.

Extreme environmentalists would undermine society based on the kind of flimsy or flatly false evidence adduced in this article.


48 posted on 02/12/2006 6:27:01 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: conservative physics

The problem is they are losing their ozone holes. Fewer ozone holes, fewer polar bears. Simple as that.


49 posted on 02/12/2006 6:33:00 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done, needs to be done by the government.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The polar ice has NEVER melted in the 4 billion years since the planet developed a crust.

Right now, the entire arctic ocean is frozen. It is Winter. It always freezes in the Winter.

Every polar bear on the planet is on the ice right now hunting seals (except for the pregnant female bears denned in and stupid polar bears hunting humans on the frozen land.)


50 posted on 02/12/2006 6:37:37 AM PST by JustDoItAlways
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