One and a Half Cheers for Interior Secretary Salazar

Exactly a year ago President Bush's Interior Sec. , Dirk Kempthorne, under pressure from greenies and global warmists, invoked the U.S. Endangered Species Act to list polar bears as "a threatened species."  The listing was idiotic; in fact polar bear numbers have doubled worldwide over the past 30 years. And three years earlier Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, acting on the advice of people who actually live around polar bears, had filed suit against the Dept. of the Interior to prevent the listing.Alas Gov. Palin's efforts only forestalled the listing. But at least Sec. Kempthorne saw through part of the greenie-weenie ploy and called their bluff: "This listing, " he warned last year, "should not open the door to use of the Endangered Species Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles, power plants, and other sources."Near the buzzer for the Bush administration (Dec. 11th) Sec. Kempthorne passed a "special rule" codifying that...(Read Full Article)

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