Front page story-hysteria in the WaPo this morning about polar bears likely being put on the endangered list. This after successive days when they noted that both the whooping cranes and bald eagle populations are doing quite well, thank you, even coming off the endangered list. Guess they’re impervious to climate change and it’s allegedly catastrophic results. Just go with it, OK?
Our friend and climate expert Bob Carter likes to talk about the importance of context in discussing climate issues. Depending on what you read, the polar bears have been around for somewhere between 70,000 and 100,000 years, meaning they’ve survived and adapted through some dramatic warming — and cooling — periods before. Yup, the polar bear pre-dates the environmental movement, the EPA and even Al Gore. Hard to believe, we know.
No matter. The facts in this case just aren’t as heart-rending as the photos of cuddly polar bears wrestling. Gotta sell papers after all.
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