Wednesday, December 27, 2006
The LITTERBOX Adminstration is FINALLY doing something about global warming?
|"We've reviewed all the available data that leads us to believe the sea ice the polar bear depends on has been receding," said the Interior official, who added that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have concluded that polar bears could be endangered within 45 years. "Obviously, the sea ice is melting because the temperatures are warmer."|
The biggest NO-SHIT statement I've ever heard from this administration...besides "we're not winning in Iraq..."
Could this have something to do with the suit that was filed by well-known environmental groups that was recently settled?
|NRDC senior attorney Andrew Wetzler, one of the lawyers who filed suit against the administration, welcomed the proposal for listing. |
"It's such a loud recognition that global warming is real," Wetzler said. "It is rapidly threatening the polar bear and, in fact, an entire ecosystem with utter destruction."
There are 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears worldwide, 4,700 of which live in Alaska and spend part of the year in Canada and Russia. The other countries with polar bears in their Arctic regions are Denmark (Greenland) and Norway.
Could this be a start to the administration finally getting its head out of its ass and finally accepting that global warming is real and that we need to do something about it? Don't hold your breath...If there is something about the Litterbox ADMINISTRATION, it is a tendency to distort science and use it as a political football to kick around; after all, these people believe that the environmentalists are Nazis and fascists... They won't take this defeat lying down. They'll find a way to undermine this settlement and we'll be back to square one.
Scientists have not charted the same rapid decline within the U.S. polar bear populations, but federal scientists have observed a number of troubling signs. The bears have resorted to open-water swimming and even cannibalism in an effort to stay alive.
I can't see why the Republicans would have any problem with this because the cannibalism sounds like their very own behavior when it comes to eating their own when it is deemed politically expedient...
|Still, the official added that the decision to propose polar bears as threatened with extinction "wasn't easy for us" because "there is still some significant uncertainty" about what could happen to bear populations in the future.|
Yeah, those damn lazy fat polar bears! They should welcome the increased swimming so that they can stay fit and get some badly-needed exercise. This is just a handout that encourages polar bears to be lazy and shiftless just like welfare and Social Security. CEOs and the wealthiest 1% earn their living by working extremely hard and actually earn their money. After all, it is hard work drinking vodka out of a frozen penis on an ice sculpture of Michelangelo's David. Just think of global warming causing the ice to melt as a 24-hour fitness program, courtesy of the Litterbox Administration. /snark
|The department could take up to a year to complete its proposal, and it could abandon the listing if it unearths new scientific projections about the bears' fate. But that appears unlikely, as recent models have consistently pointed to a faster deterioration of Arctic sea ice.|
New scientific projections could mean a further "debunking" of global warming as this administration is infamous for its junk science. After all, its EPA told the Ground Zero rescue workers that the air was safe to breathe and asbestos levels were within acceptable levels. It also suppressed a report testifying to the effects of mercury in women, including neurological damage to their fetuses, which is fucking ironic because this administration claims to be pro-life. Pro-life of course means that you are only concerned about the fetus until it is delivered, unless it comes to the profit margin, when all concern about life is tossed out to be scattered like leaves in the wind.
So when can we expect an Interior Department survey given to polar bears which suggests that they actually welcome the increased swimming and that we shouldn't do anything about global warming because it just makes them obese? When can we expect a study showing a negative correlation between the amount of ice melting and coronary disease in polar bears? When can we expect a study showing that there is a negative correlation between the amount of swimming done and rates of depression in polar bears or a study showing that cannibalism actually is quite healthy for them?