The opportunity granted by Congress for Secretary of the Interior Salazar to revoke the Bush extinction plan with the stroke of a pen has passed. Salazar's decision to keep the Bush rule is a terrible blow to polar bears and the future of their Arctic habitat. Salazar said that the Endangered Species Act is not the appropriate tool for us to deal with a global issue! Evidently, President Obama agrees.
Scientists warn that global warming could threaten one-third of the world's plant and vertebrate animal species with extinction by 2050. If the Endangered Species Act is not the proper tool for saving the polar bears, then what is? It is crucial that comprehensive global warming legislation include dedicated policies and funding to ensure wildlife can survive.
Click here to send a message to your representative through the Defenders of Wildlife website and let them know that the lives of the polar bears (and all the other endangered species) matter to you--more than oil and gas, more than dividing up the Arctic, more than bailing out crooks and their companies . . .