The polar bears are thriving as you said. In fact, 50 years ago, there were only 5,000 to 10,000 of these species, today there are over 25,000. In fact, of the 17 populations, 14 of those populations are maintaining population or increasing their populations. So, there’s no question that this bear is thriving.
The real concern for us at the Pacific Legal Foundation is these bears were listed based upon simply speculation. Let me tell you how this happened. In essence through computer modeling, the federal government determined that this species would be losing its sea ice habitat and because of the loss of sea ice habitat, they felt it was necessary to put them on the threatened list.
The argument is that CO2 emissions from industry is causing global warming. Well, industry is basically energy, food producers, transportation, all those things. And if you’re going to make that expensive through regulation, all the rest of us are going to be impacted by that. And also, jobs are going to be lost because of that. So simply by listing this species, it’s a real problem.
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