Decision shocks environmentalists, brings glee to the hearts of industry responsible for climate change
The Obama Administration upheld Bush’s industry-friendly, obstructionist interpretation of the Endangered Species Act when Obama’s rancher Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, issued a decision refusing to consider ESA regulation of carbon emissions, the chief threat to the listed Polar Bear.
No global warming crackdown for polar bears – Las Angeles Times
Energy industry groups celebrated Friday, as did many Republicans.
“The Endangered Species Act is not the proper mechanism for controlling our nation’s carbon emissions,” said Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute.
Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington, the top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee, praised Salazar for “a common-sense decision that will ensure more jobs are not lost due to excessive regulations of greenhouse gases by the government.”
Department of Interior’s News Release – Anyone else notice how Obama’s Interior has a habit of issuing these things on Friday (end of the news cycle) just like Bush ? The Obama decision to uphold Bush’s politicized wolf delisting rule was made public on a Friday too …
This is an entirely political decision made on entirely political grounds. What happened to Obama’s promise to uphold science over politics with his Administration’s decisions ?