Rep. Young Introduces Bill To Delist Polar Bear
Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young introduced H.R. 5379 today, legislation which would delist the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced on May 14, 2008 that he would list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to a predicted future loss of habitat. This came despite a consistent increase in polar bear populations.
“Listing an animal as ‘threatened’ despite its increasing populations is not only absurd, it’s incredibly irresponsible,” said Rep. Young. “Polar bear populations have been thriving in recent years and yet because there is a possibility of decreasing sea ice, they are listed as threatened. The truth is that the economic well-being of hard working Americans is what is truly threatened by this listing. My legislation repeals this ill-conceived listing and sets America back on the path to responsible development and prosperity.”
For a copy of Rep. Young's bill, click here.