Obama WH says polar bears not endangered

posted at 9:30 am on December 23, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The Who had it right.  Meet the new boss … same as the old boss:

The Obama administration is sticking with a George W. Bush-era decision to deny polar bears endangered species status.

In a court filing Wednesday, the Fish and Wildlife Service defended the previous administration’s decision to give the polar bear the less-protective “threatened” species designation, a move that will frustrate environmentalists who hoped for stronger protections under the Endangered Species Act. …

At the time, the service determined the bears weren’t danger of extinction, so did not warrant the “endangered” status. The bears were listed as “threatened” because they face serious threats from projected decline in its sea ice habitat due to global warming would result in them likely being in danger of extinction in the foreseeable future.

Even the “threatened” status applied to polar bears is questionable, and not primarily based on any population data.  In fact, the population of polar bears seems to be either stable overall or increasing.  Their numbers are not large — around 22,000 overall — which means that their status is certainly worth watching.  But the main reason for placing them on the threatened list is to argue about global warming, not polar bears.

That was the reason AGW advocates pressured the Bush administration to go further and declare them endangered rather than threatened, and hoped the Obama administration would act where Bush would not.  A finding of “endangerment” would allow AGW advocates to start filling court dockets with lawsuits against emitters of carbon dioxide by claiming that global warming was killing polar bears.  It would also give the government the opportunity to bypass Congress and the EPA and start regulating emissions under the Endangered Species Act rather than the separate endangerment finding the EPA proposes to use for its expansion of regulation next year.

The White House made the right choice in refusing to give AGW advocates that opening.


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Kini on December 23, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Didn’t Palin’s administration start the ball rolling a few years ago?

darwin on December 23, 2010 at 9:32 AM

What about teddies?

Kini on December 23, 2010 at 9:33 AM

darwin on December 23, 2010 at 9:32 AM

If you’ve been watching TLC, she’s got one on the floor!

Kini on December 23, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Tree bugger heads explode in 5….4……3….

cmsinaz on December 23, 2010 at 9:35 AM

heh. That guy that pressed algore at that press conference was right.

ted c on December 23, 2010 at 9:35 AM

That should say hugger…..dang android

cmsinaz on December 23, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Tree bugger heads explode in 5….4……3….

cmsinaz on December 23, 2010 at 9:35 AM

I’m soooo stealing that.

darwin-t on December 23, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Polar bears are a hybrid so why all the fuss about them maybe going extinct? The econuts will lie and put forward false studies about any animal, bird or fish if it suits their purpose which is to take us back to living in caves.

Kissmygrits on December 23, 2010 at 9:37 AM

I love bear skin on the floor…. nudge, nudge, know what I mean.

Ah, I gatta go to bed…..

Kini on December 23, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Neither are snowblowers with all this “Global Warming” going around.

Colbyjack on December 23, 2010 at 9:38 AM

The Polar bear population is getting larger,
and I think the Grizzly Mama`s too are growing
at an incredible rate,

and I think,(grizzly Mamas)will be migrating in
2012 to dine on Liberals!!!!!!!!!!!!!(sarc).

canopfor on December 23, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Of course they’re not endangered….I see them dancing with penguins in the Coke commercials every holiday season!

search4truth on December 23, 2010 at 9:40 AM

That should say hugger…..dang android

cmsinaz on December 23, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Actually, I like Tree bugger more – it succinctly left you know what the Eco-Oppressive Leftists are all about and makes fun of them at the same time.

Watch out for splinters kiddies!

Colbyjack on December 23, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Tree bugger

Love Is a Many Splintered Thing

Bugler on December 23, 2010 at 9:43 AM

It’s yours Darwin….

cmsinaz on December 23, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Androids R us

cmsinaz on December 23, 2010 at 9:45 AM

We know.

Our first clue was when Al Gore bought a beachfront mansion in a place he claimed (repeatedly) would be under water “in ten years”.

SuperCool on December 23, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Oh this good news should send the mouths a-foaming over there at PETA headquarters.

pilamaye on December 23, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Obama Administration Admits Polar Bears Are Not ‘Endangered’ But Sets Aside 187,000 Miles For Them Anyway
Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 10:32 PM
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http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2010/12/obama-administration-admits-polar-bears-are-not-endangered-but-sets-aside-187000-miles-for-overpopulated-bears/M/a763tqgqUkM/s1600-h/polar+bear+numbers.jpg

canopfor on December 23, 2010 at 9:51 AM

surely Mother Gaia will not be pleased with this declaration and she will respond accordingly with her fury. I anticipate an earthquake, heavy snow, flooding, cold and other calamities sometime in the next 3-6 mos that can easily be explained by this finding.

truth/

ted c on December 23, 2010 at 9:51 AM

The Obama administration is sticking with a George W. Bush-era decision to deny polar bears endangered species status.

heh, as close to a “Merry Christmas To All” as Obama can get.

maverick muse on December 23, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Anybody eaten polar bear meat? What’s it like? (please don’t say it tastes like chicken…not even polar chicken)

Extrafishy on December 23, 2010 at 9:51 AM

But…..but….b-b-but……polar bears can’t swim…..the glaciers are melting…..

DeweyWins on December 23, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Reason 418 why GWB’s WH was right all along…..

validation.

ted c on December 23, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Anybody eaten polar bear meat? What’s it like? (please don’t say it tastes like chicken…not even polar chicken)

Extrafishy on December 23, 2010 at 9:51 AM

once you crack the icy layer it kinda tastes…….like chicken?

obligatory.

ted c on December 23, 2010 at 9:53 AM

But, but … the lone polar bear floating out to sea on the tiny ice floe is a metaphor for what will happen to the country if we elect that snowbilly Palin in 2012. We can’t give that up now. We’d have to come up with another metaphor to describe Palin 2012 Armageddon.

Paul-Cincy on December 23, 2010 at 9:53 AM

I love bear skin on the floor…. nudge, nudge, know what I mean.

Ah, I gatta go to bed…..

Kini on December 23, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Kini:I bet alot of people have ahem,taken one for a test drive,hehe!:)

canopfor on December 23, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Polar bears are a hybrid so why all the fuss about them maybe going extinct?

Kissmygrits on December 23, 2010 at 9:37 AM

A hybrid of what and what?

DarkCurrent on December 23, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Polar bears range on land and ice. When there’s lots of ice they roam to hunt because it’s there, not because they need it. When there isn’t any they roam on land.

It’s stupid to correlate ice and polar bear population health.

darwin on December 23, 2010 at 9:55 AM

The best way to increase the polar bear population would be to start a restaurant chain: ‘Polar Burgers!’

j_galt on December 23, 2010 at 9:56 AM

9:51 why imagine that a carnivorous omnivore polar bear would taste like seed pecking chicken?

maverick muse on December 23, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Tree bugger
Love Is a Many Splintered Thing

Bugler on December 23, 2010 at 9:43 AM

ROTFLMAO!

Eren on December 23, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Ya know, it wlways struck me as strange, that claim that pack ice was absolutely necessary for polar bear survival. The polar bears at the Birmingham zoo, in balmy Alabama, seem to have gotten along just fine for years without it. . .but what do I know, not being credentialed from a prestigious institution of higher learning, and such.

Wind Rider on December 23, 2010 at 10:03 AM

O/T Hi guys! Checking in from windy cold Virginia Beach and my Hot Air password is still in this computer. All is right in my world!!! For the moment.

Cindy Munford on December 23, 2010 at 10:03 AM

If memory sevres correctly Polar Bears were almost classified as aquatic creatures because they spent so much time in the water. Remember that the next time you see a polar bear on a piece of ice flow. They are not staying out of the water because they can’t swim or because the water is too cold, they are hunting and don’t want to scare away the prey.

jeffn21 on December 23, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Cindy Munford on December 23, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Merry Christmas Mrs. Munford to you and yours.

darwin-t on December 23, 2010 at 10:08 AM

The polar bears at the Birmingham zoo, in balmy Alabama,
Wind Rider on December 23, 2010 at 10:03 AM

.

Ahem, sorry your opinion is not valid, as you do not live in a progressive state, likely have a Bible and gun in your house, and are capable of manual labor.
Please burn your Bible, turn in your gun for the sake of the community, move to a Progressive state and Attend the “proper” school of your choice, and your opinions, if correct as we see it, will be welcomed with “huzzahs.”
Intelligencia

LincolntheHun on December 23, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Just wondering if Governor Palin has changed her mind in the last three years.

News2Use on December 23, 2010 at 10:13 AM

darwin-t on December 23, 2010 at 10:08 AM

*waving vigorously* Merry Christmas to you. Off to do last minute buys with my daughter but I am sure glad I don’t have to take a break from my HotAir family.

Cindy Munford on December 23, 2010 at 10:15 AM

If memory sevres correctly Polar Bears were almost classified as aquatic creatures because they spent so much time in the water…….
jeffn21 on December 23, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Thus the latin species name for them, Ursus maritimus

iurockhead on December 23, 2010 at 10:22 AM

their purpose which is to take us back to living in caves.

Kissmygrits on December 23, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Their supposed purpose runs counter to their needs and wants.

On the one hand, environuts support the feel-good causes that they think will help the animals or the environment.

On the other hand, if we were to somehow move back to caves, those same wussified crybabies would scream and cry about how life sucks because they can’t update their Facebook and Twitter pages anymore.

VibrioCocci on December 23, 2010 at 10:23 AM

O/T Hi guys! Checking in from windy cold Virginia Beach and my Hot Air password is still in this computer. All is right in my world!!! For the moment.

Cindy Munford on December 23, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Cindy Munford:Oh behave,Merry Christmas if we don`t bump
into each other,and enjoy yourself Cindy:)

canopfor on December 23, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Enough with the polar bears already. Can we talk about something really important?

Like the delta smelt?

pain train on December 23, 2010 at 10:28 AM

The White House made the right choice in refusing to give AGW advocates that opening.

Well of course. If he had, how would he justify letting Russia, and China in there to drill?

capejasmine on December 23, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Greenie: They are drowning in that melted ice

Realist: Hey dummie it is called water and Polar Bears can swim for many miles.

Greenie: Oh.

CWforFreedom on December 23, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Tree bugger

Love Is a Many Splintered Thing

Bugler on December 23, 2010 at 9:43 AM

I should hunt you down and force you to pay for a new keyboard for that one.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on December 23, 2010 at 11:00 AM

I think they caved because they didn’t want to go mano a mano with Alaska’s suit (with Palin commenting on the side). They knew they were going to lose the suit and the PR battle, so they took away Sarah’s ammo.

PattyJ on December 23, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Enough with the polar bears already. Can we talk about something really important?

Like the delta smelt?

pain train on December 23, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Ok, they make a great appetizer for polar bear steaks. How’s that?

Oldnuke on December 23, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Tree bugger
Love Is a Many Splintered Thing

Bugler on December 23, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Oh, you knotty boy!

DamnCat on December 23, 2010 at 11:19 AM

On the other hand, if we were to somehow move back to caves, those same wussified crybabies would scream and cry about how life sucks because they can’t update their Facebook and Twitter pages anymore.

VibrioCocci on December 23, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Not for long. Primitive societies have very low tolerance for dead weight. They’d most likely end up on the menu.

Oldnuke on December 23, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Where I live bears are making a come back.

SC.Charlie on December 23, 2010 at 11:33 AM

BUT . . . but . . . but . . . . What does Al Gore have to say about this?

kens on December 23, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Just follow the money.

The seal lobbyists spend a lot of clams to keep them off that list.

reaganaut on December 23, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Anybody eaten polar bear meat? What’s it like? (please don’t say it tastes like chicken…not even polar chicken)

Extrafishy on December 23, 2010 at 9:51 AM

You can’t hunt Polar Bears in the U.S. and if you do in Canda, you can’t import the hide nor the meat. But having bear meat before, I would assume it is probably greasy…. being that they eat seal and having had seal… it is a tasteless meat and very oily.

upinak on December 23, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Just wondering if Governor Palin has changed her mind in the last three years.

News2Use on December 23, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Did you actually read the article?

But adding polar bears to the nation’s list of endangered species, as some are now proposing, should not be part of those efforts. -Palin

Slowburn on December 23, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Does the delta smelt taste like chicken also. Sort of like chicken fried chicken.

BruceB on December 23, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Does the delta smelt taste like chicken also. Sort of like chicken fried chicken.

BruceB on December 23, 2010 at 12:21 PM

wanna try some? The run will be here in about 3 and a half months.

upinak on December 23, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Of course they’re not endangered….I see them dancing with penguins in the Coke commercials every holiday season!

search4truth on December 23, 2010 at 9:40 AM

I love the car ad where the bear walks all the way down from the Great White North to give this guy a nice hug in his driveway because he bought a hybrid. But then I get a kick out of all those eco-fantasy commercials where the animals sing and dance with humans and thank them for buying the “environmentally correct” product :-)

MJBrutus on December 23, 2010 at 2:48 PM

WOW!! THIS IS GREAT NEWS!!

BTW, which is the preferred way to prepare one??

Barbecued or deep fat fried?

bannedbyhuffpo on December 23, 2010 at 3:22 PM

In 2006, we all had seen the infamous photo of a polar bear supposedly stranded on an iceberg. In 2006, we heard sob stories about how polar bears were disappearing. What else happened in 2006? The Inuits in Alaska said polar bear populations grew four times larger? Who are you going to believe? Hippies, or the people who live there.

madmonkphotog on December 23, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Unfortunately, the prophets of climate doom violate this idea. No matter what happens, it always confirms their basic premise that the world is getting hotter. The weather turns cold and wet? It’s global warming, they say. Weather turns hot? Global warming. No change? Global warming. More hurricanes? Global warming. No hurricanes? You guessed it.

J_Crater on December 23, 2010 at 8:43 PM

For the left (environmental, welfare, economics, etc.) is is all about rationalizing that socialism is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

MSGTAS on December 24, 2010 at 9:15 AM