The Polar Bears Are Fine; the Law, Not So Much

By May 15, 2008Global Warming

Two pithy and pessimistic observations on the listing of polar bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

  • The Wall Street Journal: “The most pernicious element in the polar bear melodrama is the way the law is being run off the rails, and even a duly elected White House can’t seem to throw on the brakes. If Congress wants to enact global-warming legislation, then so be it – but the costs and benefits should be argued in the open. This fly-by-night policy making is not only unscientific. It’s undemocratic.”
  • Roy Spencer, principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville: “I only hope when global warming ends, and is accepted to be a largely natural phenomenon rather than manmade, that all of the regulatory mistakes we’ve made can somehow be undone.”
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