Sunday, June 15, 2008

Send In The Lorax

Because the California Bar Exam is only weeks away, I don't have time to do a proper post.  But I did want to take a minute to note the disgusting irony of the Bush administration declaring polar bears a threatened species as a result of global warming, and only a month later issuing what are in essence grants of immunity to oil companies searching for oil and gas off northwestern Alaska. 

In addition to the obvious link between oil/gas and global warming, the regulations provide five years of legal protections for the named companies if Pacific walruses or the 'threatened' polar bears are harmed by the companies drilling or pipeline activities.  

Guess declaring a species to be threatened doesn't imply we want the threats to cease. 

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