Too cute. Via John.
There has been so much talk of the dwindling number of polar bears due to the increasing temperatures that are melting their habitat.
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.
The Obama administration is setting aside 187,000 square miles of Alaska as a "critical habitat" for polar bears, an action that could add restrictions to future offshore drilling for oil and gas.
That hunk of square mileage includes sea ice off the Alaska coast.
Tom Strickland, assistant Interior secretary for fish, wildlife and parks, said the designation would help polar bears stave off extinction, recognizing that the greatest threat is the melting of Arctic sea ice caused by climate change.
There's that crazy global warming reality imposing itself on us again. Thank you, President Obama, for recognizing that.
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