Oil Lobby and its cronies: Let us kill the polar bears

Big oil is on a roll. John McCain is running around the country screeching about drilling anywhere, anytime. Money is pouring in. The industry lobbyists must feel invincible. So, they want to make sure they can destroy the polar bears:

Five industry groups have sued the Interior Department over a rule to protect the polar bear that they say unfairly singles out business operations in Alaska for their contribution to global warming.

Groups representing the oil and gas, mining, and manufacturing industries asked a federal judge Wednesday to ensure that laws designed to protect the bear, which was recently designated a threatened species, are not used to block projects that release heat-trapping gases in the state.

The American Petroleum Institute was joined by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Mining Association, the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Iron and Steel Institute in the lawsuit, which explicitly challenges three words – except in Alaska – that appear in a 62-page rule issued in May.

Wiping out polar bears. That’s a great legacy and a worthy goal.


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