In the eye of the polar bear storm
It has been a relatively quiet week for Endangered Species Act watchers. Most of this week's Federal Register notices were nothing more than announcements related to a few researchers receiving scientific enhancement permits. Maybe, in fact, we are in the eye of the storm, one week after the sort-of-listing for the polar bear. Alaska has already declared its intent to sue, U.S. Senator Inhofe has insisted that the entire listing decision is purely political (because total polar bear populations have risen), the editorial cartoons are relentless, Canadian eco-author David Suzuki has weighed in on the polar bear subject, and Scientific American tells us that some critics have even declared the listing decision to be armaggeddon for "the American way of life." Yeah, it was a quiet week for the Endangered Species Act.