Just got an email from my friends at the Center for Biological Diversity.
Governor Sarah Palin just announced she's making the state of Alaska sue to strike down Endangered Species Act protection for the imperiled Cook Inlet beluga whale. The rare white whale's population has already plummeted from thousands to just 375. They will certainly go extinct if Palin has her way.
So I checked the local paper: it's true.
Huh. So, WTF, Sarah Palin?
I went to the Governor's website, where I found her press release on the issue.
The listing decision failed to properly consider the substantial regulation by the state and its political subdivisions of beluga habitat and food supply covering nearly every aspect of the environment affecting beluga whales in Cook Inlet, including water quality, oil and gas development, coastal and upland development, prey species management, cruise ship regulation, and port development, among many others. These laws, when considered together with existing federal regulations, ensure that beluga whales in Cook Inlet are well- protected. “Belugas are protected by the State of Alaska and the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act,” said Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd. “An ESA listing is not appropriate or necessary at this time. The population is stable and beginning to recover, just as we predicted when advocating for MMPA protection.”
In other words, get all up out of our grill, Federal government! Bold is mine.
Wow. You are a class act, Sarah Palin. No, really. I think you have a shot in 2012. Just run as the "Fuck Whales" candidate.
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