Obama Administration vs. Rational Thought

Too much cocaine in college?

The state (Alaska) is suing because the federal government’s designation will do nothing for the bears while costing the state and nation a great deal.

The Endangered Species Act specifically requires the government to balance the costs and benefits when it considers designating critical habitat for a species that has been listed as “threatened” or “endangered.” The federal government listed polar bears as threatened in 2008.

Designating critical habitat won’t change the only identified threat to the polar bear population — global warming. So the benefits of the designation are near zero. (The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s regulations state how to handle such situations: “A designation of critical habitat is not prudent when … such designation of critical habitat would not be beneficial to the species.” 50 CFR 424.12a)


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4 Responses to Obama Administration vs. Rational Thought

  1. Latitude says:

    Now isn’t that odd…

    All this time we have been told that their “critical habitat” was ice…
    …how do you designate ice a habitat?

    They’re going to be really pissed when they figure out that ice floats, drifts, and melts..

  2. Andy Weiss says:

    At least it will keep bureaucrats busy writing inane regulations that won’t do diddly squat for the polar bears.

  3. suyts says:

    The poley bear designation is only in place so we can’t get to the oil in ANWR.

  4. mikegeo says:

    The polar bear population started to rise substantially when the number of hunting licenses was reduced.
    The biggest threat to the polar bears is, and always has been, over hunting.
    I’m amazed that no one in the govt bothered to actually look up the historical facts. Too much work ?

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