I would like to thank Janice for sending me the link to Rosanne Cash's satirical article about the most unqualified person to stand for the Vice Presidency in my lifetime, probably in the history of this great country. Why I'd Be a Better VP than Sarah Palin I thought that was just a great article.
Many have heard about Sarah's position on polar bears. I have learned just recently that some were not fully aware of Sarah's views on this issue so I feel that it is my obligation to correct this oversight. It was one of the first ten or so items that I learned about her which was disconcerting to me. And that was just in August.
Sarah loves the Polar Bears but she is also against them. I did not even realize it was an issue until I read a story about her environmental views from the Grist environmental group. This entire article is worth a read but I will just quote it insofar as it applies to Sarah's fight against W of all people who wanted to list the Polar Bear as a threatened species: "Another major concern for enviros is Palin's stance on endangered species in the state. After the Bush administration's Department of Interior listed the polar bear as a threatened species in May, the governor sued the department. "We believe that the ... decision to list the polar bear was not based on the best scientific and commercial data available," said Palin, who also penned an op-ed in The New York Times on the subject.
Palin and other state officials expressed concern that listing polar bears as threatened would impair oil and gas development in the state. Palin argued that the listing decision was based on "the unproven long-term impact of any future climate change on the species" and that a "comprehensive review" of the federal science by state wildlife officials found no reason to support listing the bears as endangered.
But emails released via a public-records request later showed that Alaskan state scientists agreed with federal researchers that polar bears are threatened by shrinking ice. "Overall, we believe that the methods and analytical approaches used to examine the currently available information supports the primary conclusions and inferences stated" in federal reports, wrote Robert Small, head of the marine mammals program for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
"This was the Bush administration Fish and Wildlife [Service]. It's not like these people are bear-huggers," said Van Tuyn. "State scientists looked at it and said that's the best science, and Palin said, 'Keep your mouths shut,' and she turned around to the public and said, 'I do not support listing the polar bear, the science doesn't support it.'" Palin comparison | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist
This is a quote from the New Yorker that has some of Sarah's opinions on drilling and polar bears: " Palin had, in early August, filed suit against... the United States Secretary of the Interior, seeking to reverse his decision to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The animals were on the list because scientists—working for the federal government—had found that the effects of global warming on arctic ice made it possible that polar bears would become endangered in the foreseeable future. Palin takes a wary view of such science. She has doubts that global warming is caused by human activity. She called the dire polar-bear population projections “just not credible.”