Polar Bears Officially Endangered

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Environmental groups including NRDC and the Center for Biological Diversity have been trying for three years to get the Bush Administration to declare the polar bear an endangered species.  This week there was good news and bad news.

First, the good news:  The EPA announced that it will protect polar bears as a “threatened species” under the Endangered Species Act.

This decision is a huge step forward  This is the first time the U.S. government has used the Endangered Species Act to protect a species mainly threatened by the ravages of global warming.

Now the bad news: The Bush Administration’s plan for “protection” is so full of loopholes for oil companies and other polluters that it could be the equivalent of sending a leaky lifeboat to rescue drowning polar bears.

It’s time to put a Democrat back in the White House.

 

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One Response to “Polar Bears Officially Endangered”

  1. Bob Says:

    I fear the bears remaining decades and numbers are limited. The loss of arctic sea ice will never be reversed in time, if ever. It is a pity and perhaps a crime against humanity that the Bush administration dithered, dallied and wasted 8 years in denial.

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