By now you’ve likely heard that the Bush Administration has listed polar bears in Kempthorne’s first listing since taking his position :
Kempthorne makes tough call on polar bear listing – Idaho Statesman
Call me a cynic, but it seems to me likely the Bush Administration decides to list the bear now rather than kick it to the next administration so it can capitalize framing the listing against any implications it might have on greenhouse gas regulation. Kempthorne is adamant about preventing that from happening.
Our friends at Demarcated Landscapes have been on the story for a few days :