A House committee chairman on Thursday denounced the Bush administration’s planned sale of oil drilling rights in a prime polar bear habitat in Alaska, saying its impact on the bear population is unknown.
Rep. Ed Markey, chairman of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, spoke out against the White House’s planned sale, set for February 6.
He said the drilling should not go forward until the impact of climate change and invasive industrial activity on the animals is known.
Markey’s committee heard testimony about how global warming and drilling activity would affect the polar bear population on Wednesday.
Demonstrators dressed like bears and carrying anti-oil signs attended the hearing.
This is what happens when committee chairmen are all Democrats. National security? Ho-hum. The economy? Who cares? Polar bears? Now, there’s a crisis!
My guess is that the polar bears would barely notice the drilling. As for global warming, the Arctic is still pretty frigid. Duluth is pretty far south from there, but the wind chill tonight is expected to reach 60 degrees below zero.