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

Just DON'T eat the liver (vitamin A poisoning).

51 posted on 02/12/2006 6:39:35 AM PST by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The whole reason envirowacko's want the polar bear on the ESA is so that the courts can force protection by mandating co2 cuts. Ktoyo won't be needed. THe U.S. courts would be forced to cap CO2 emmissions as per protections mandated by the ESA. No congressional approval needed. It will make the water restriction fight at Klamath look like a church picnic. THis will be on a national level with the same government agency zeal forcing everyone to cut fuel useage. It's legislating global warming control from the bench. Now is the time to abolish the ESA!


52 posted on 02/12/2006 6:42:41 AM PST by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what and Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Alternate Headline:

"Thanks to Bush the Life Expectancy for Polar Seals is Substantially Increased"


53 posted on 02/12/2006 6:44:08 AM PST by melstew
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To: DugwayDuke
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.

You are quite right. THe pack ice flows as a loarge mass around the pole. THe problem is that the Endanger Species Act looks only at what is happening inside U.S. jurisdiction. For example, there is some critter native to Mexico, but whose range spreads slightly into the southwestern U.S. Because it is the northern limit of it's range, the population is smaller and because the range just crosses over into the U.S., it appears on paper to be an endangered species. THat's how the envirowacko's used the ESA to block a wall between Mexico and the U.S. - it would harm this apparently endangered species. THey want to do the same thing with the polar bear. If they are successful in court, it would force the courts to limit CO2 emissions in the U.S. THey may very well be successful because there already is precedent for such moves by the courts.

54 posted on 02/12/2006 6:47:40 AM PST by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what and Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: finnigan2
"get eaten"

You must have read that story some years back about a group of nine or ten Norwegians who were hiking somewhere north of the Arctic Circle in p-bear country. Suddenly a bear emerged from wherever the heck it was and proceeded to kill and eat one of the members of the group. Since no one had bothered to bring a rifle, the surviving members were forced to watch helplessly as the bear made a meal out of one their members.

55 posted on 02/12/2006 6:48:27 AM PST by driftless ( For life-long happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: JustDoItAlways
"polar ice"

I would bet that millions of tons more ice were made this past month in the Arctic. It was the coldest winter in that territory for eighty years. Convenient facts like that get ignored by the leftist press.

56 posted on 02/12/2006 6:51:01 AM PST by driftless ( For life-long happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Wonder Warthog; Vinnie
Just DON'T eat the liver (vitamin A poisoning).

Don't worry. I don't eat the liver of anything. Eeeewwww.....yecchh! ;-)

57 posted on 02/12/2006 7:01:14 AM PST by Allegra (Suffering from a Malady Known as "Troll Fatigue")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The mainstream media and enviro wackos are starting to racket up the global warming rhetoric because more and more studies, not to mention anecdotal evidence, are discrediting the theory.


58 posted on 02/12/2006 8:03:32 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: saveliberty
Do they really think that this tripe passes for fact outside the leftist koolaid centers?

If you, correctly, include the mainstream media as one of the leftist koolaid centers, no. Otherwise, yes.

59 posted on 02/12/2006 8:04:35 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Vinnie

That has been my personal credo since childhood.


60 posted on 02/12/2006 11:40:57 AM PST by metalcor
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To: Allegra

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

Probably a little like chicken or stray cats.

All right, all right!!! All you cat lovers don't start!!! I just don't like cats. And I can happily say that polar bears haven't recently roamed the Texas Panhandle.


61 posted on 02/12/2006 12:34:41 PM PST by Maria S
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