Sarah Palin wins CBD's rubber dodo award
As readers of this blawg know, I'm not a big fan of the insulting practice of anti-awards. The newsmedia tends to disagree with me however, so, for anyone interested, here it is:
The Center for Biological Diversity announced that Sarah Palin earned the 2008 Rubber Dodo Award.
Photo of Sarah Palin (!?), deer hunter, from blueridgenow.com (if it's photoshop, blame them!)
I know, shocking that CBD would pick such a high profile recipient, huh? Ms. Palin's claim to fame was her "deceptive public relations campaign" and "frivolous lawsuit" filed against the Bush Administration's decision to list the polar bear as a threatened species (but with important limitation.) See prior ESA blawg.
Among endangered species thinkers, CBD is not alone in its opinion of Ms. Palin. In fact, Andrew Sullivan recently wrote an article about "The Odd Lies of Sarah Palin," emphasizing her abuses of science in the context of opposing the polar bear listing. Sadly, Ms. Palin appears to have blatantly misrepresented the scientific opinions of her own state scientists, who concluded that yes, indeed, the polar bear was a threatened species. See TheAtlantic.com Another remarkable item on Ms. Palin: despite the opposition of her constituents, who twiced passed laws against it, Ms. Palin's state administration actively supports aerial hunting of wolves. See report by KTUU.com