Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Polar bear addition

Many of you might have seen the news today that Polar Bears have been listed as threatened on the endangered species list. This is a very important move because it is the first time the Endangered Species Act has been invoked to protect an animal principally threatened by global warming.

However the Interior Secretary, Dick Kempthorne, made it clear that the decision would not justify regulating emissions from power plants, vehicles or other human activities. It will be interesting to see how they come up with a recovery plan if regulating emissions is not on the table.

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