They eat people!!
From Think Progress:
Last night on his CNN Headline News show, right-wing pundit Glenn Beck hosted global warming skeptic Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). Beck allowed Inhofe to rant about how — with “all the liberals” running the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works — he was forced to sit through hearings on “that nice white fuzzy polar bear.”
Inhofe argued that the polar bear population isn’t endangered. “[I]f anything, it’s an overpopulation problem,” said Inhofe. Beck then jumped in and claimed that, in fact, the extinction of polar bears may be a good thing:
(video available at the link above)
There is currently an estimated 20,000-25,000 polar bears worldwide who are threatened with “losing their habitat and becoming extinct over the next 50 years” because of global warming and melting sea ice. The U.S. Geological Survey predicts that without action, “11 of the 19 subpopulations will be extinct by the middle of this century, with an additional three subpopulations vanishing shortly thereafter.”
On Wednesday, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne skipped a Senate hearing on listing the polar bear as a threatened species. His agency missed a Jan. 9 deadline to decide on classifying the polar bear, in violation of the Endangered Species Act, according to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA).
Inhofe whined about Hillary and those lib’ruls on the committee, which he once chaired but was replaced by Boxer. Then we get to the bottom of why he so strenuously objects to the polar bear being put on the endangered species list:
But you know what they’re trying to do, Glenn. How many times have I been on your show on the global warming Al Gore stuff? What they want to do is do what they can’t do legislatively and cause the Fish and Wildlife Service to say, anywhere that you’re using — having emissions of carbon dioxide, you’re going to have to stop doing it because that’s going to make its way up to the polar cap and it’s going to kill all the bears.
I mean, you can be on my patio in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with your outdoor cooker and have Fish and Wildlife say, well, you can’t do that because you might kill the polar bears. And polar bears are so pretty to look at.
Dreck Beck replies:
They eat people! For the love of Pete, they’re big, angry bears. They eat people. Not that I say we go out and kill all of them, but I mean, it doesn’t seem to be a problem here. Senator, I can’t take the — I can’t take the lies anymore.
I guess he wants to be on the guest list when Inhofe has his polar bear barbecue. Maybe John McCain can join them, do the grilling, and invite the adoring press!