Suing Interior, Separately

A correction in The Washington Post:

Correction to This Article
An Aug. 31 A-section article incorrectly said that the American Petroleum Institute and four other business groups seek to challenge the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species. The groups are trying to enjoin the federal government from implementing a rule they call the “Alaska Gap,” which subjects projects in Alaska to extra scrutiny. The federal government issued the rule in May in conjunction with the announcement of the polar bear’s protected status.

Yes, just because Alaska sues and several trade associations sue, doesn’t mean we’re suing together.

The suit in which the NAM is participating is available here: American Petroleum Institute v. Kempthorne. API issued a news release, stating it sued “because it believes the U.S. Interior Department’s determination that the Endangered Species Act is ‘not the right tool to set U.S. climate policy’ makes sense, and that the interim final rule issued by the Department needs to be expanded to include Alaska as the Act is implemented. API member companies are not challenging the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species.”

Seems pretty clear.

P.S. The Post’s online style is admirable: It put the correction right at the top of the original article.

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