Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Gee, this wouldn't have anything to do with oil, would it?

Alaska, cold Alaska, demonstrates that it has an icy heart when it comes to the charismatic polar bear. Yesterday Alaska sued Dirk Kempthorne and the US Fish and Wildlife Service over the polar bear listing decision.
Gov. Sarah Palin and other state officials fear a listing will cripple offshore oil and gas development in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas in Alaska's northern waters, which provide prime habitat for the only polar bears under U.S. jurisdiction.
Basically, Alaska cares more about oil and gas revenues than it does about endangered species, but that really should come as no surprise. Last week's indictment of Ted Stevens was only the tip of the iceberg in how industry money controls the state. Oh, wait, maybe it controls the entire country? Look at this: W praises criminals!

OK, back to polar bears before we lose our lunches:
Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity, the lead author of the petition that led to the listing, said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientists addressed skeptics' objections during the listing process. She called the [Alaska] lawsuit "completely ridiculous and a waste of the court's time."

"This lawsuit and her head-in-the-sand approach to global warming only helps oil companies, certainly not Alaska or the polar bear," Siegel said. "Gov. Palin should be working for sustainable, clean energy development in Alaska instead of extinction for the polar bear."
Yes, Kassie, in a perfect world, she would be. But the destruction of our environment and the fate of the planet take a backseat to keeping the capitalists fat and happy, stupid and short-sighted as their appetites may be.

1 comment:

be said...

seems to me all the politicians in alaska got better things to do - like - avoid indictment...