Polar Bear Listing was Based on Junk Science

Photo courtesy Evil Twin21401, Flickr, July 6, 2011

It turns out that the science behind listing the Polar bear as threatened in 2008 was fraudulent. The models (there’s that word again) upon which the listing was based upon did not consider that the bears are not territorial, traveling thousands of miles in search of food. That simple fact invalidates the science behind the listing, and now the people who did the work publicly admit it. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/03/25/ooops-much-touted-2006-polar-bear-...

When the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group (PBSG) did their work in 2006, they divided worldwide population of polar bears into regional groups. Some groups were doing well in numbers, those in Canada and Russia. The groups in the Chukchi Sea, Northern and Southern Beaufort Sea areas looked like their numbers had decreased. This decrease turned out to be a single year anomaly based on how they sampled the bears. http://polarbearscience.com/2014/03/24/southern-beaufort-polar-bear-decl...

The problem is that the bears move quite far, thousands of miles, in search of food. They don’t particularly care about artificially drawn lines. The count of bears that led to the 2006 finding was supposed to be done via mark and recapture of the bears. When they were unable to recapture some marked bears, they ran the numbers through their models, and came up with a result that 400 polar bears had died. Not a single carcass was discovered to back up this estimate, however. They knew during the count that 50% of the bears recaptured near Barrow were Chukchi rather than Beaufort bears yet ignored the possibility of migration between areas. From this, they speculated that female bears were distressed and cub survival was cratering, hence the decision to list the population of Polar Bears as threatened. Note that none of the females recaptured were underweight. http://polarbearscience.com/2014/03/24/southern-beaufort-polar-bear-decl...

This result was gleefully fed into the regulatory and legal mill by the environmental community and they forced a listing of the species as threatened out of a beleaguered Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne in 2008. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/polar-bears-threatened/

The excuse for the supposed death of Alaskan Polar Bears was the predicted loss of sea ice due to manmade global warming due to carbon dioxide emissions. Since 2008, the ice has moved around, as have the bears. But if anything, the numbers have increased, mostly because they are not overhunted any more.

We have another regulatory decision made by Washington DC based upon junk science. We have another solution to a problem that simply does not exist. And we pay for it every single day with fewer jobs, fewer employed Alaskans and Americans, and nobody who is connected with the fraud pays for their malfeasance.

Michael Walsh over at PJ Media described the Democrat Party as “a criminal organization masquerading as a political party: in 2009. Looks like government-funded science and environmental organizations are doing their level best to keep up with the low standards of conduct set by the party. http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/227836/i-still-hate-you-sarah-pal...

Now that we know this, ask yourself which politicians have stood up and demanded this be stopped and the listing reversed. And who do you expect to do so in the future. Vote accordingly.