August 4, 2008, Fairbanks, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin announced today the State of Alaska has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to overturn U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne’s decision to list the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
This action follows written notice given more than 60 days ago to Secretary Dirk Kempthorne of the Department of the Interior and Director Dale Hall of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asking that the regulation listing the polar bear as threatened be withdrawn.
“We believe that the Service’s decision to list the polar bear was not based on the best scientific and commercial data available,” Governor Palin said.
And over at PlanetGore, Greg Pollowitz notes this fascinating story of a huge, newfound population of gorillas in equatorial Africa:
(CNN) — An estimated 125,000 Western lowland gorillas are living in a swamp in equatorial Africa, researchers reported Tuesday, double the number of the endangered primates thought to survive worldwide.
“It’s pretty astonishing,” Hugo Rainey, one of the researchers who conducted the survey for the U.S.-based Wildlife Conservation Society, told CNN Tuesday.
You know, the same Wildlife Conservation Society that “contributed key data” to the official count of “endangered” polar bears in the Arctic. Now, granted, it’s easier to hide away from the environmentalist paparazzi in a swamp than on the icecaps, but still…
CNBC’s Larry Kudlow interviewed Gov. Palin last week on energy, presidential and congressional politics and her future. A good read.
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