can’t see the forest

Teaching Bears to Swim

About a week ago, the Bush administration announced that, yeah, maybe we can squeeze the polar bear on the endangered species list. Turns out the polar bear’s habitat is…umm…melting.

Deke at Caffeinated Politics writes:

The fact that Bush and Company can respond to the dire circumstances of the melting ice by putting animals on an endangered list, but feel no need to start a much needed federal program to alter the way we negatively impact the planet and slow down global warming is a sign that this Administration does not know how to govern. Worse, it proves they just do not care.

BBC - Polar Bear plightThis is not a bonafide Bush-bash I’m running here. The truth is that the Democrats are just about as entrenched in the pertinent corporatocracy as their Republican counterparts. But this latest maneuvre is a speciously vapid gesture, to be sure—which means it gets all kinds of flourish and fanfare from the state-sanctioned intellectual community in the US.

We might as well be trying to teach polar bears to swim. Until large numbers of Americans become environmental activists in at least some nominal capacity, until enacting a truly rational approach to human-influenced climate change becomes a real issue for US voters, this kind of silliness will be just about the extent of our government’s “proactivity” on environmental issues.

Advertisements

4 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Ciara Gannon said, on 3/11/07 at 11:59 am

    Terrible. Last year, polar bears lost on average 30 pounds because hey have to swim further and further for food.

  2. Ciara Gannon said, on 3/11/07 at 11:59 am

    Terrible. Last year, polar bears lost on average 30 pounds because hey have to swim further and further for food.

  3. Smeginthuhead said, on 8/21/07 at 1:16 pm

    Polar Bears can swim moron. I am not saying they are not endangered, but come on. Go to a habitat and watch them they LOVE the water. Idiot cherry picked science. Oh and Bush is a Nazi……

  4. Curtis said, on 9/14/07 at 2:35 pm

    You know, in retrospect, the analogy probably is a little hazy. Polar bears can certainly swim. And, while I suppose that polar bears probably do LOVE the water, I am sure that they appreciate being able to stop swimming from time to time. Moron. :-)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: