Ken Salazar, Interior Secretary, don’t ignore science, please!

polar bearPolar bears are in danger of becoming extinct, and the reason for this is the alarmingly fast melting of sea ice in the Arctic, and when you know that the reason the ice is melting is because of climate change, you can’t just keep ignoring science.

Sadly, that’s what happened under the Bush administration.

Now we’ve got President Obama and he understands and wants to address protecting our environment, right?  Well, evidently not!  Here’s what his new guy, Ken Salazar, says:

“We must do all we can to help the polar bear recover, recognizing that the greatest threat to the polar bear is the melting of Arctic sea ice caused by climate change,” Salazar said in a statement. “However, the Endangered Species Act is not the proper mechanism for controlling our nation’s carbon emissions. Instead, we need a comprehensive energy and climate strategy that curbs climate change and its impacts — including the loss of sea ice. Both President Obama and I are committed to achieving that goal.”

Is he saying something like, “We know what the problem is, and we know this is a vehicle for making those changes happen sooner rather than later, but we’re not going to take it.   We’ll find some other way, somewhere down the road.  Some day.”

There are going to have to be rules and reform.  I’m truly disappointed!

fnord

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9 responses to “Ken Salazar, Interior Secretary, don’t ignore science, please!

  1. PrairiePond

    I’m sorry you are disappointed, Fnord. If you want more diappointment 🙂 look at the Sec. of Agriculture. Tom Vilsac is no friend of the environment or science.

    Unless said “science” is from Monsanto, the corporate sponsor of the USDA!

  2. Zippy

    Links please, Prairiepond. The delusional Cons don’t give a shit about anything that matters, so it’s up to us to hold these people’s feet to the fire.

    And, as appalling as it is to me to say this, I would add covering up Bush’s war crimes, which is itself a violation of the Geneva convention. Obama’s recent reversal on the torture photos indicates that the man is juggling competing influences within his administration–and the bad guys are winning (that’s my personal speculation–Glenn Greenwald is required reading these days: http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/ ). Today, Glenn points out the class of logic with some of the horrific things being said, done and filed in our name–by this administration– right now.

    And look what Sen. Dick Durbin recently had the cajones to say:

    On Monday night in an interview with a radio host back home, he came to a stark conclusion: the banks own the Senate.

    “And the banks — hard to believe in a time when we’re facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created — are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place,” he said on WJJG 1530 AM’s “Mornings with Ray Hanania.” Progress Illinois picked up the quote.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/29/dick-durbin-banks-frankly_n_193010.html

    I caution against despair, or abandoning your civic activism. Yes, “change” is still quite possible. I’ve said it before and I will say it again and again: call Obama’s bluff. Let’s get louder! When he said “I can’t do it alone” repeatedly during the campaign, what I heard is “If you really want fundamental change, you’re going to have to do it–I’ll keep my veto pen out of the way. But getting power in 21st-century Washington means consorting with various unsavory characters. ”

    The indistiguishable-from-Bush legal filings, and some of the indefensible arguments being put forward cast doubt even on that hypothesis, but other turnarounds suggest that public pressure can make a difference. Indeed, it’s a tried-and-try thing, even in these days of the corporate state. And since the war-and-money-barons are as much in the doghouse as they’ve been in a generation, now is the time to strike.

    Of course, we have all personal lives that take our time, so we have to be judicious in our choices of causes. But I think pointing out the hypocrisy and failings of the Obama administration has to be high on the list, for their own, and for America’s good.

  3. iggydonnelly

    fnord,
    That is an incredible photo. Where did it come from?

  4. jammer5

    I’m of a mind the EPA is the best place to regulate green house gasses. I have to agree with the Inuits on this in that climate change needs to be addressed as a whole, and not compartmentalized into little boxes spread over a wide area. It’s fairly plain federal departments do not work together as a whole, and even with Obama at the reins, I don’t see that changing.

  5. lilacluvr

    Maybe I am still wishful thinking, but I do think Obama is a different political animal and he is trying to make the necessary changes in Washington DC.

    But DC, like Wall Street, has been doing their own thing for alot of years and Obama has just been in office for 4 months.

    I think Obama is one who is busy looking down the road to see where we need to be going while the majority of us are still stuck in the present section of the road.

    For now, I will trust Obama to know what he is doing and maybe he is getting a groundswell of support behind the scenes for his ultimate decisions?

    Obama is in power for the next four years, so there is little we can change about that. But we do have the opportunity to vote in 2010 for Congressional politicians. And it will certainly not hurt our cause to see to it that Todd Tiarht is knocked out at the primary level. I am encouraging all my registered Democrat and Independent friends to switch parties and vote for Moran in the primary.

    The president is but one person – it is going to take alot more Congressional people to really change the way Washington DC operates.

  6. tosmarttobegop

    You can call it Zen or perhaps the bit of me that is Native American but one of the biggest mistake that the human species often does. We are not set a part from nature we are a part of nature. Just another animal among the rest of the animals. We are not the masters of the world nor solely was the world made for us alone. Though we are not the masters of the world we do have the ability to destroy it.
    Global warming has happened more then once in the history of the world and before we developed the ability to add more then our share.

    In the end there may not be all that much to stop it as I said it has happened through nature before.
    But we need to shake the idea that somehow we are not a part of nature.

  7. Zippy

    Maybe I am still wishful thinking, but I do think Obama is a different political animal and he is trying to make the necessary changes in Washington DC.

    Actually, lilacluvr, I mostly agree with that, but I’m not sure you got what I was saying. I support huge chunks of the Obama agenda, including his modest restructuring of budget priorities and the housing crisis, the numerous commendable positions he has taken (some by executive order, others by supporting legislation or simply changing the terms of the debate). I am highly skeptical of the Geithner plan (it’s a prescription for fraud), but there’s little question it will get investors to contribute, and will ensure at least that undervalued assets will be sold at the most equitable market place.

    There is there is the baffling, horrible stuff: the refusal to release the torture photos is just the latest insult against common decency and long-established American law. Obama has some core values–I don’t doubt that–but his accomodationist stand–based, in my view, on his inability–incredibly–to sell stupid people on the notion that human beings–even foreign human beings with funny names–deserve accountability from a (former?) criminal state–just didn’t play the presumed political center, even if such folks otherwise embraced government priorities that would, by conventional wisdom, would have been unthinkable even 4 years ago.

    Well, a lot of folks–indeed most of the folks in this forum–were appalled by the international brutality and criminality of the previous administration. This was actually a campaign issue, if you recall.

    Are we to believe now, that it’s okay to cover up and embrace a Bush-lite version of things ? Take the latest news: military commissions. Honestly :military commissions are okay for people held in a US facility for years, based on a law that–no matter how many safeguards Obama puts in by executive order–and let’s see that order–makes an absolute mockery of justice (it actually allows executions by a 2/3 vote).

    Yeah, hell, yeah, I consider Barack Obama an important political ally, and I want nothing more than Dumbheart to get the boot. Having come from Kansas (or for that matter, having grasped politics early on), I’m aware of the “art of the possible.”

    But that’s not the issue either. We’re not talking about simply being unable to act. Thinking about it, I don’t expect the Executive Branch to lift to hold the previous Executive Brach accountable.

    Taking affirmative actions that are plainly indistinguishable from the previous administration is another matter.

    I think there’s still time to save the soul of the Obama administration, but ignoring that which is both highly stupid and sleazy ain’t the way to do it.