Leave it to lefties to take one of three naturally maneating species on earth and expect us to shed a tear over its potential extinction due to manmade global warming. Of course, while it has been exposed before that polar bears aren’t “drowning,” because they actually can swim up to sixty miles, the whole thing may have been a sham anyway. From FirstThings blog (sigh):
In an age in which emotional narratives often trump facts, the polar bear became the icon of global warming hysteria. After a report about four drowned polar bears seen far out at sea, they were put on the USA threatened list–even though there has been no demonstrated diminution in population. Al Gore put the polar bears in his propaganda movie, and even though he, infamously, could only sputter in response to a question by journalist Phelim McAleer that involved the polar bear issue–children are still being warned to cut their carbon or the polar bears will drown.
But now, the original study that warned is apparently under a cloud. From the AP:
A federal wildlife biologist whose observation in 2004 of presumably drowned polar bears in the Arctic helped to galvanize the global warming movement has been placed on administrative leave and is being investigated for scientific misconduct, possibly over the veracity of that article. Charles Monnett, an Anchorage-based scientist with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, or BOEMRE, was told July 18 that he was being put on leave, pending results of an investigation into “integrity issues.” But he has not yet been informed by the inspector general’s office of specific charges or questions related to the scientific integrity of his work, said Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.
If true, is it any wonder that the credibility of the entire global warming sector is eroding like a sand castle in a rising tide? [Continued]
No, it’s only a wonder why it has taken so long. The whole cockamamie theory was absurd from the get-go. But I would be remiss not to point out the over-the-top fear-mongering of the left, which is a substitute for facts and reason nowadays. You know, cause us bear food doesn’t really know how to reason.