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Palin, polar bears and the presidency

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They're soft and they're cuddly and they're cute. And to quote Bill Murray from Ghostbusters, they'll "bite your head off, man."

Not talking about Gozer or Zuul (with apologies for more Ghostbusters references), but polar bears. John McCain running mate Sarah Palin has been outspoken on the topic. She's not anti-polar bear, but thinks listing the omnivore under the Endangered Species Act was a mistake.

Before the Interior Department listed the world's largest predator as a threatened species back in May, Palin wrote an op-ed in the New York Times expressing opposition to federal action.

"There is insufficient evidence that polar bears are in danger of becoming extinct within the foreseeable future -- the trigger for protection under the ESA," she wrote. "And there is no evidence that polar bears are being mismanaged through existing international agreements and the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act."

Palin argued that the State of Alaska - with federal cooperation - had done a good job in protecting the species stating that "polar bears are more numerous now than they were 40 years ago."

"The state takes very seriously its job of protecting polar bears and their habitat and is well aware of the problems caused by climate change," she wrote.

Palin lost the argument. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne won. Palin appealed.


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