I can not possibly begin to start to scratch the surface of all the myriad of reasons that I am so bleeping glad that Sarah Palin is not to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.
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Alaska to sue over beluga whales
Gov. Palin opposes listing for potential oil and gas impacts
ANCHORAGE – The state of Alaska announced Wednesday it will sue over increased protections for Cook Inlet beluga whales, the white whales that swim the silty waters off Alaska’s largest city.
The belugas – an isolated group that is genetically distinct – were listed last year as endangered under the Endangered Species Act after federal scientists determined they were headed toward extinction.
The listing requires the designation of critical habitat for the whales, a recovery plan and a review of all federally-funded or permitted activities in Cook Inlet.
Gov. Sarah Palin is opposed to the listing because of the impact it could have on major Alaska development projects, including oil and gas development and expanding the Anchorage port.
The Center for Biological Diversity, which pushed to get the whales listed, said Palin is putting the oil industry ahead of the whales.
“Gov. Palin seems more than willing to sacrifice endangered whales on the altar of oil companies,” said Brendan Cummings, the center’s oceans program director.
Federal biologists have listed 18 potential threats to the Cook Inlet whales, whose numbers have trended downward for years. Three are man-made dangers: whale poaching, food reduction or noise caused by oil and gas drilling and coastal construction.
An estimated 375 beluga whales were counted last summer in waters off Anchorage. The number was unchanged from the year before.
At one time there were perhaps as many as 1,300 Cook Inlet belugas. The decline is believed to be because of overharvesting by Alaska Native subsistence hunters before the hunt was sharply curtailed nearly a decade ago.
However, the whales have not rebounded. The reason is unclear.
Craig Matkin, a marine mammal expert with the North Gulf Oceanic Society, said it appears the Palin administration likes one kind of science, “the kind it agrees with.”
“Every objective expert who’s looked at this small and isolated population agrees it should be listed,” he said.
There are five groups of beluga whales in U.S. waters, all off Alaska.
(And can I point out that she really doesn’t like science — I mean she is a creationist for goodness sake. And if she’s a creationist can she remember that God created the animals and then created man to take CARE OF the animals.
21And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
22And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
28And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.