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May 23, 2008

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Discussion Topic: Alaska Governor To Sue Over Polar Bear Listing

From the Anchorage Daily News:

The State of Alaska will sue to challenge the recent listing of polar bears as a threatened species, Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday.

She and other Alaska elected officials fear a listing will cripple oil and gas development in prime polar bear habitat off the state's northern and northwestern coasts. . . .

Climate models that predict continued loss of sea ice, the main habitat of polar bears, during summers are unreliable, Palin said.

The announcement drew a strong response from the primary author of the listing petition.

"She's either grossly misinformed or intentionally misleading, and both are unbecoming," said Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity. "Alaska deserves better. . . ."

"Even the Bush administration can't deny the reality of global warming," she said. "The governor is aligning herself and the state of Alaska with the most discredited, fringe, extreme viewpoints by denying this."

What do you think?

Comments

Mike Diehl

"I have been a "weatherman" for the Air Force for 10 years now."

As a weatherman, one would expect you to have a grasp of thermal convection, and how CO2 enrichment traps more solar energy even when solar output remains constant. Yeah, the atmosphere strives for equilibrium. That's why temperature changes cased by CO2 forcing have their strongest initial effects in polar latitudes - precisely the effect that we are seeing now and in ways unprecedented in the paleoclimatic record.

We ought to have cooling right now but we do not. It does not logically follow, however, that unchecked global warming is necessarily in the long run any less a threat than, say, a major glaciation.

av

Any news on the governor's progress of suing?

Give it a few more months and
the oil versus the bear issue will die , since everyone will be riding horses and bikes just to survive!

Mike Diehl

In a few months, the Fed will have stopped giving away dollars for free after they realize that the low interest rate hasn't freed up credit and hasn't been passed on to the consumer. When that happens, the exchange rate on the dollar will increase the dollar's value, and oil prices will drop back to about $100/bbl. All the tools who bought futures on market speculation at $130 / bbl are going to have their wallets emptied.

av

Maybe if we all put on some polar bear outfit , then this "duh-witted" government could support our well being!!




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