Polar Bears A Ruse To Stall Drilling

Polar Bears A Ruse To Stall Drilling

There are 24 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Feb 18, 2008, titled Polar Bears A Ruse To Stall Drilling. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

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Andrew Wetzler

Columbus, OH

#23 Feb 18, 2008
As one of the conservationists working to protect the polar bear, I have to point out that Mr. Lieberman's central argument--that polar bear populations have increased in the last few decades (they have, because of hunting regulations)--has absolutely nothing to do with the threat polarbears face from global warming. For more details see NRDC's blog: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/awetzler/ap...
Kevin

Boise, ID

#24 Feb 18, 2008
These socialists will soon put us in the stone age. Maybe the Liberal morons will lead the way,YES??
John Calandrelli

Monroe, CT

#25 Feb 20, 2008
Polar Bears and Oil; a bigger picture
Drilling in Alaska's Arctic waters threaten not only to further exacerbate the problems of global warming that the area is already experiencing at an alarming rate, but also to negatively affect local wildlife populations and nearby subsistence communities.
So do we drill for more oil to make a few richer while the rest of us (including the money makers) cause more global warming with more fossil fuel use? We must also remember that any oil out of the Beaufort or Chukchi Seas or the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge would not come out of the earth for years. It takes that long to build the infrastructure after finding the oil.
What happens to the oil when it comes out of the earth? It belongs to the oil companies and not the U.S. people. It will be sold on the world oil market and by the time it gets out, it's most likely markets will be India or China; not the U.S. It will not drop our gasoline or oil prices years from now when it finally comes out of the ground.
Between now and the time any oil or gas would come to the surface, the worlds oil demand will have risen and our oil will come from many foreign sources; many of them developing countries with small reserves. Many people are good at fear by naming Saudia Arabia as "the" foreign oil.
Our foreign oil actually comes from dozens of countries; some allies and some not so. We currently receive approximately 67% of our oil from foreign sources; 15.6% of these imports are from Saudia Arabia . But fear of foreigners, whether deserved or not, is a common tactic in history.
In May 2006, the IUCN added the polar bear to its Red List of the worlds most imperiled animals, predicting a 30 percent reduction in the polar bear population in the next 45 years .
Drilling would also harm the Inupiaq Eskimos of Northern Alaska who have used the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas for thousands of years. The Inupiaq people, or real people, have traditional whaling practices that date back thousands of years and form the center of their diet and culture. Global warming jeopardizes this way of life.
The Inuit Circumpolar Conference, a group representing the Arctic's indigenous people, has made the case that climate change represents a threat to their human rights.

In addition to polar bears, the Chukchi Sea supports walruses, endangered bowhead whales, gray whales, seals, and a variety of marine birds. The seismic testing used in offshore drilling is extremely harmful to marine mammals; it has even been linked to a number of whale beachings.
Once the drilling and tanker traffic begin, the risk of a major oil spill will be ever-present. And there is no proven method for cleaning up a spill in the Arctic's broken sea ice. Even in open water, it's impossible to fully clean up an oil spill.
Spills are an everyday occurrence in oil drilling: in Alaska, for instance, the oil industry reported 4,534 spills across Alaska's North Slope and Beaufort Sea between 1996 and 2004.
We don't need to sacrifice polar bears and other wildlife just so oil companies can break their billion-dollar profit records. America already has the technology and the will to embrace a clean energy economy that will end our dependence on oil and leave wild, pristine places like the Arctic intact.

Scientists have warned us about the consequences of drilling in the waters that sustain our polar bears, walruses and whales--the waters that support a way of life for Alaska Natives. Hiding that information from Americans isn't going to make it go away.
The Sierra Club (and the CT Chapter)
John D Calandrelli
State Program Director
Keren O'Brien Murphy
National Conservation Organizer
Sierra Club Lands Protection Team

“The Truth Will Set You Free”

Since: Jun 07

Gainesville, FL

#26 Feb 20, 2008
John Calandrelli wrote:
Polar Bears and Oil; a bigger picture
Drilling in Alaska's Arctic waters threaten not only to further exacerbate the problems of global warming that the area is already experiencing at an alarming rate, but also to negatively affect local wildlife populations and nearby subsistence communities.
Spills are an everyday occurrence in oil drilling: in Alaska, for instance, the oil industry reported 4,534 spills across Alaska's North Slope and Beaufort Sea between 1996 and 2004.
We don't need to sacrifice polar bears and other wildlife just so oil companies can break their billion-dollar profit records. America already has the technology and the will to embrace a clean energy economy that will end our dependence on oil and leave wild, pristine places like the Arctic intact.
Scientists have warned us about the consequences of drilling in the waters that sustain our polar bears, walruses and whales--the waters that support a way of life for Alaska Natives. Hiding that information from Americans isn't going to make it go away.
The Sierra Club (and the CT Chapter)
John D Calandrelli
State Program Director
Keren O'Brien Murphy
National Conservation Organizer
Sierra Club Lands Protection Team
Now who are you going to believe, scientists or anti-oil environmentalists with an agenda?

Some things just bear repeating [pun intended].

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/10/ ...

Research Shows Little Effect From Arctic Offshore Oil Drilling; Study Reveals Thriving Oceanographic System

"We analyzed several species of fish, clams and amphipods," said Trefry. "We also studied the water, ice and mud to check for potential pollution." What Trefry's team and their colleagues from Battelle Ocean Sciences, Kinnetics Laboratories, Applied Marine Sciences and the University of Texas Marine Lab discovered through their analyses was a pleasant surprise. "We found early in the process that impacts to the environment from offshore drilling were minimal," Trefry said. "In fact, the entire offshore area was near pristine. During the past four years we've continued to monitor the area and still have no evidence of significant impacts."

"What we came to realize is that extreme caution by industry, combined with movement of water and sediment offshore, help keep the coastal system clean," he said

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