Sunday, May 18, 2008

The (Annotated) Polar Bear Decision - Dot Earth - Climate Change and Sustainability - New York Times Blog

The (Annotated) Polar Bear Decision - Dot Earth - Climate Change and Sustainability - New York Times Blog: "The (Annotated) Polar Bear Decision"

Remarks By Secretary KempthornePress Conference On Polar Bear Listing
Today I am listing the polar bear as a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act. I believe this decision is most consistent with the record and legal standards of the Endangered Species Act – perhaps the least flexible law Congress has ever enacted.[ 22] I am also announcing that this listing decision will be accompanied by administrative guidance and a rule that defines the scope of impact my decision will have, in order to protect the polar bear while preventing unintended harm to the society and economy of the United States.

[ Andy Revkin - This preamble pretty clearly telegraphs that this was a reluctant decision, forced by a law that President Bush has said is being mis-applied. It’d be hard to miss the message this sentence sends to industries opposing limits on drilling or greenhouse-gas emissions — that this decision doesn’t affect them. ]

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