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The New York Times reports:

In December, the Bush administration, facing a deadline under a suit by environmental groups, proposed listing polar bears throughout their range as threatened under the Endangered Species Act because the warming climate is causing a summertime retreat of sea ice that the bears use for seal hunting.

Environmentalists are trying to use such a listing to force the United States to restrict heat-trapping gases that scientists have linked to global warming as a way of limiting risks to the 22,000 or so bears in the far north.

It remains unclear whether such a listing will be issued. The Fish and Wildlife Service this week held the first of several hearings in Alaska and Washington on the question. Internal memorandums circulated in the Alaskan division of the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service appear to require government biologists or other employees traveling in countries around the Arctic not to discuss climate change, polar bears or sea ice if they are not designated to do so.

The sample memorandums, described as to be used in writing travel requests, indicate that the employee seeking permission to travel ?understands the administration?s position on climate change, polar bears, and sea ice and will not be speaking on or responding to these issues.?

Those who believed the Bush Administration was and is sincere about protecting polars bears ought to read this:

Despite healthy polar bear populations upwards of 20,000 bears worldwide, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced on December 27 the Bush administration’s plan to list the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Kempthorne’s announcement began a 12-month period of public comment and scientific review. Source: ESA Listing Not Needed for Polar Bears

Related blog posts: Bush administration to propose listing polar bears as threatened species, Climate change from pole to melting pole, Climate change: it may be too late to save the ice caps, Censorship of government climate scientists


Read more at: http://timethief.wordpress.com/2007/03/08/bush-administration-muzzling-scientists-again/.
 
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