Friday, December 26, 2008

Bush Administration Does It Again

"With only a few short weeks left in power, the Bush administration is handling out favors to Big Oil like candy," said Rebecca Noblin, staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) in Anchorage. "Despite increasingly dire threats to the Arctic from global warming, the Administration is charging full steam ahead with ill-conceived drilling plans that could drive polar bears and other struggling Arctic species to the brink of extinction."
A report from the CBD published by the Environmental News Network, December 16, 2008, stated, "The Department of the Interior released plans this week to open up more than 70 million acres of polar bear habitat in the Beaufort and Chuckchi seas of Alaska to oil development. The proposal, contained in a Draft Environmental Impact Statement released by the scandal-plagued Minerals Management Service, would auction off this important habitat to oil companies th[r]ough four lease sales scheduled between now and 2012."

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