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Old 05-09-2009, 07:20 AM   #1
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Default Remember How That Meanie Bush Hated on Polar Bears?

That's right......you guessed it....yet ANOTHER "failed Bush policy" adopted by our lord and savior Obama. It's literally becoming a daily event now.

The funny thing is I remember this being a HUGE deal to the lefties when Bush said no to this stupid policy. They cried and railed and wailed about how stupid and evil he was, how little he cared for the environment and the helpless Polar Bears.

Wonder what they'll say now?

(Barbara Boxer isn't happy. For those of us with even a shred of common sense, typically if Barbra Boxer hates it, it's almost certainly a good thing)

http://www.ohio.com/news/nation/44631867.html

Obama will stick with Bush polar bear policy President won't use endangered species act to fight global warming
By H. Josef Hebert
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Published on Saturday, May 09, 2009
WASHINGTON: The Obama administration, which promised a sharp break from the Bush White House on global warming, declared Friday it would stick with a Bush-era policy against expanding protection for climate-threatened polar bears and ruled out a broad new attack on greenhouse gases.
To the dismay of environmentalists, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar refused to rescind a Bush administration rule that says actions that threaten the polar bear's survival cannot be considered when safeguarding the mammal if they occur outside the bear's Arctic home.
The rule was aimed at heading off the possibility that the bear's survival could be cited by opponents of power plants and other facilities that produce carbon dioxide, a leading pollutant blamed for global warming.
The Endangered Species Act requires that a threatened or endangered species must have its habitat protected. Environmentalists say that in the case of the polar bear, the biggest threat comes from pollution mainly carbon dioxide from faraway power plants, factories and cars that is warming the Earth and melting Arctic sea ice.
Salazar agreed that global warming was ''the single greatest threat'' to the bear's survival, but disagreed that the federal law protecting animals, plants and fish should be used to address climate change.
''The Endangered Species Act is not the appropriate tool for us to deal with what is a global issue, and that is the issue of global warming,'' said Salazar, echoing much the same view of his Republican predecessor, Dirk Kempthorne, who had declared the polar bear officially threatened and in need of protection under the federal species law.
Kempthorne at the same time issued the ''special rule'' that limited the scope of the bear's protection to actions within its Arctic home.
The iconic polar bear some 25,000 of the mammals can be found across the Arctic region from Alaska to Greenland has become a symbol of the potential ravages of climate change.
Environmentalists and some members of Congress had strongly urged Salazar to rescind the Bush regulation, arguing the bear is not being given the full protection required under the species law.
Others, including most of the business community, argue that making the bear a reason for curtailing greenhouse gases thousands of miles from its home would cause economic chaos.
Reaction to Salazar's decision Friday was sharply divided.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hailed the decision as a ''clear victory for Alaska'' because it removes the link between bear protection and climate change and should help North Slope oil and gas development.
But environmentalists and some of their leading advocates in Congress were disappointed.
''The polar bear is threatened, and we need to act,'' said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who chairs the environment panel, adding that she disagreed with Salazar's decision not to revoke the regulation.
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Default Re: Remember How That Meanie Bush Hated on Polar Beras?

But, but, but, but he said he wouldn't use a failed Bush Policy!!!
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Actions that threaten the polar bear's survival cannot be considered when safeguarding the mammal if they occur outside the bear's Arctic home.

Environmentalists say that in the case of the polar bear, the biggest threat comes from pollution mainly carbon dioxide from faraway power plants, factories and cars that is warming the Earth and melting Arctic sea ice.
I'm ashamed the Bush administration even had to come up with a ruling about this. Shows you how jacked up our government really is. Basically this is saying that if we want to build a power plant in Alabama, we won't have to clear it with the polar bears first. Poor Barbara Boxer. Good move upholding it Obama!
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Default Re: Remember How That Meanie Bush Hated on Polar Beras?

By the way, good point.

It IS a good move by Obama to uphold this policy. Kudos!
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The Endangered Species Act requires that a threatened or endangered species must have its habitat protected. Environmentalists say that in the case of the polar bear, the biggest threat comes from pollution — mainly carbon dioxide from faraway power plants, factories and cars — that is warming the Earth and melting Arctic sea ice.
Really? Is that why pretty much the same thing is occurring on Mars?

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Mars is being hit by rapid climate change and it is happening so fast that the red planet could lose its southern ice cap, writes Jonathan Leake.

Scientists from Nasa say that Mars has warmed by about 0.5C since the 1970s. This is similar to the warming experienced on Earth over approximately the same period.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle1720024.ece

Damn those Martians and their gas-guzzling anti-gravity SUVs!



On a serious note, thank GOD common sense has prevailed here (for now, anyway - I'm sure this won't be the last word about it). It's the SUN, stupid!
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