Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sarah Palin Bad for Polar Bears and Environment

Sarah Palin and John McCain are now bickering about whether Obama was calling her a pig in lipstick. Hasn't she just announced that "the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is lipstick". How is it good for the republicans to say whatever they feel to without question? Is this the entitlement that Catholic priest, Michael Pfleger was talking about in May this year?

She introduced herself as a woman of the wild, a hunter and we are told that she thinks that climate change is not man-made. Now, we are hearing that drilling for oil and gas will not alter the arctic landscape that is home to the polar bears. Her spokeswoman said that the polar bears are not endangered in the Alaska only in Canada. She has also approved State Wild Life aerial hunting and shooting of wolves supposedly to protect the moose and caribou populations.

More than half the world's polar bear population lives in Canada's arctic. This is good for them when you consider Sarah Palin's position although it has been revealed that scientists warn that the future of this iconic animal is in jeopardy.

Polar Bears International gives detail information on where the bears live, how many remain (only around 20,000 to 25,000), their scientific name, the size of polar bears and how endangered. On the Canadian side, David Suzuki a well-known environmental scientist is using his foundation to draw attention to this crisis and fight to get legislative changes enacted to protect their arctic environment.

The David Suzuki Foundation conducted a comprehensive study of provincial and federal protection for the animals and a report of their analysis, Canada's Polar Bear: Falling Through the Cracks? is available online.

Some of these findings are troubling to anyone that understands the delicate balance between nature and our quality of life. There is an increasing threat to their survival (polar bears have one of the slowest reproductive rates of any mammal) by melting sea ice, pollutants, increased shipping traffic and oil/gas exploration.

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