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Posted on 12/22/2010 5:31:27 PM PST by Sub-Driver
W.H.: Polar bears not 'endangered' By: Robin Bravender December 22, 2010 06:40 PM EST
The Obama administration is sticking with a George W. Bush-era decision to deny polar bears endangered species status.
In a court filing Wednesday, the Fish and Wildlife Service defended the previous administrations decision to give the polar bear the less-protective threatened species designation, a move that will frustrate environmentalists who hoped for stronger protections under the Endangered Species Act.
FWS Director Rowan Gould said the 2008 "threatened" listing was made "following careful analysis of the best scientific information, as required by the ESA."
At the time, the service determined the bears weren't danger of extinction, so did not warrant the endangered status. The bears were listed as "threatened" because they face serious threats from projected decline in its sea ice habitat due to global warming would result in them likely being in danger of extinction in the foreseeable future.
FWS is "confident it was and is the appropriate status," Gould said.
Listing the polar bear as endangered as a result of global warming could open the door to using the Endangered Species Act to regulate greenhouse gases, an outcome the Obama administration has opposed.
U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan sent the controversial listing decision back to the Obama administration in October, asking officials to clarify the language the agency used when it determined that polar bears arent endangered under federal law.
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The Kenyan hates the environment.
Gould will soon be outta there. Soros and the enviro-nazis will force it to be so.
White bears can’t be endangered because only black bears can be!
The polar bear population is not declining. These idiots imagine that man is causing global warming, and they imagine that global warming will make it harder for polar bears to survive. Therefore, polar bears should be endangered. Imagine that!
It's Lib-speak for, "Stop DRILLING!!"
Hello.... Congress. Is there anyone there?
You bet I have, Fred....they're real tasty, too .. LOL!