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The polar bear in the living room (Lib alert)
The Oregonian ^ | January 2, 2007 | Editorial

Posted on 01/02/2007 1:38:53 PM PST by jazusamo

T he big, strong and beloved polar bear may at last achieve what thousands of scientists, economists, diplomats, conservationists and others have failed to accomplish: Persuade the Bush administration to respond to global warming.

Bush's U.S. Interior Department announced Dec. 27 that it is proposing to add polar bears to the list of threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. By acknowledging that the polar bear literally is on thin ice, the Bush administration has at last been required to make a completely scientific pronouncement on global warming.

For six years now the Bush administration has feinted and dodged from its responsibilities on climate change. It withdrew President Clinton's approval of the Kyoto Accord, secretly watered down research on global warming and deliberately sowed doubt about minor uncertainties in the science to undermine states' and other nations' responses to climate change.

The administration also has consistently refused to require the auto and trucking industries to curtail the greenhouse gas emissions that an overwhelming number of scientists assert are the major cause of global warming. The White House has actively tried to stop the states, including Oregon, from adopting stricter tailpipe standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

But not even the Bush administration can ignore the melting of the Arctic sea ice, or stomach the awful image of polar bears drowning in the open ocean, far from the nearest pack ice.

Polar bears are clearly in trouble, and so are other species, such as penguins, that depend on the same habitat. Experts on polar bears say that the adults they see are noticeably thinner, the mortality of cubs is much higher, and a few starving bears have even resorted to killing and eating other bears.

It will be at least a year before all the public hearings and environmental analyses are done and the federal government may formally add the polar bear to the Endangered Species List. But if and when that happens, there should be no more hiding from the responsibility to address global warming.

The Endangered Species Act requires decisions to be made "solely on the best available scientific information." The Bush administration never yet has been willing to make any global-warming decision on that basis.

But now it will have no choice. If the polar bear is listed as threatened, the government is bound by law to protect the bears -- and the polar ice they require to survive.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: enviros; globalwarming; polarbears
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To: jazusamo


The polar bear population is going UP not down.


41 posted on 01/02/2007 4:35:05 PM PST by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: Red Badger

Surely they do, in a zoo. maybe in circuses, too.


42 posted on 01/02/2007 4:39:52 PM PST by GSlob
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To: MovementConservative

How about this?


"A U.S. based environmental magazine that both former Vice President Al Gore and PBS newsman Bill Moyers, for his October 11th global warming edition of “Moyers on America” titled “Is God Green?” have deemed respectable enough to grant one-on-one interviews to promote their projects, is now advocating Nuremberg-style war crimes trials for skeptics of human caused catastrophic global warming."
http://epw.senate.gov/fact.cfm?party=rep&id=264568


"One Australian columnist has proposed outlawing ‘climate change denial’. ‘David Irving is under arrest in Austria for Holocaust denial’, she wrote. ‘Perhaps there is a case for making climate change denial an offence. It is a crime against humanity, after all."
http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php?/site/article/1782/

The day could very well come where debating global warming could land someone in prison.



43 posted on 01/02/2007 4:40:43 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: jazusamo

"The big, strong and beloved polar bear may at last achieve what thousands of scientists, economists, diplomats, conservationists and others have failed to accomplish: Persuade the Bush administration to respond to global warming."



The Democrats control Congress. It's their decision. Put up or shut up.


44 posted on 01/02/2007 4:45:03 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: jazusamo

If every car, power plant and human being were vaporized, the Earth would still be warming. The polar bears, if they cannot shift habitats, will not survive.


45 posted on 01/02/2007 5:09:56 PM PST by montag813
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To: Jaysun
I've been spraying hairspray into the air all afternoon. I think it's a hoax because it hasn't gotten warmer here at all......or maybe I need more hairspray.

The trick is to use the aerosol cans, not the pump... :)

46 posted on 01/02/2007 5:10:52 PM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: jazusamo
Experts on polar bears say...

Aren't most 4 year old boys "experts" on polar bears?

47 posted on 01/02/2007 5:12:20 PM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: jazusamo

48 posted on 01/02/2007 5:24:43 PM PST by UnklGene
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To: Red Badger

I didn't know Oregon had polar bears........
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They don't silly. That's why they're endangered.


49 posted on 01/02/2007 5:29:02 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: UnklGene; 69ConvertibleFirebird

LOL!


50 posted on 01/02/2007 5:29:40 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: jazusamo; UnklGene

Now **that's** a polar bear expert...


51 posted on 01/02/2007 5:36:48 PM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

"The Senate vote on the protocol was 95-0."

Not quite but close. The Senate voted on a "sense of the senate" sort of vote , that's the 95-0.

Seeing the lack (total, there were 5 either absent or abtaining) Clinton decided not to send it down for ratification. It was never put to the vote.

Some future prexy can send it down, though, which is why Clinton did not try.


52 posted on 01/02/2007 7:18:59 PM PST by DBrow
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To: jazusamo
I was stunned and shocked to learn that polar bears actually den, bear their young and raise them on the land.

We need to chase them all out onto the ice which is their natural year-round habitat. Somebody call Nancy, let's squeeze this into the first 100 hours Symbol Over Substance agenda.


53 posted on 01/03/2007 9:13:54 AM PST by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: gridlock; cogitator; DaveLoneRanger
President Clinton never approved the Kyoto Accord.

AFAIK, Clinton signed the thing, the bloody idiot did. However, the Senate voted 95-0 to not even consider it for ratification.

54 posted on 01/03/2007 1:00:36 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Dont overestimate the decency of the human race. H. L. Mencken)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
How bad does something have to be before no one in the Senate will grandstand for it? Seriously, the only other resolution I could think of that would garner 100% opposition is a resolution calling for the execution of 100 puppies on the capitol steps.

Or one reinstating the 55-mph speed limit.

55 posted on 01/03/2007 1:03:40 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Dont overestimate the decency of the human race. H. L. Mencken)
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To: siunevada

For them, pack ice is simply a convenient platform to get at more marine animals further from shore. They don't even need it to survive. Of course, I don't think pack ice is ever going to go away.


56 posted on 01/03/2007 1:05:21 PM PST by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
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