Polar Bears and Global Climate Change

Members of the Bush administration testified about the delay of a decision to list polar bears under the Endangered Species Act until after… read more

Members of the Bush administration testified about the delay of a decision to list polar bears under the Endangered Species Act until after a controversial lease sale for oil drilling off Alaska. Experts on wildlife protection and oil drilling also testified.

Earlier in the week, the Interior Department announced it would miss the statutory deadline to reach a decision on listing the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), saying it would take up to a month more to reach the decision. That would put the listing decision one day after the sale of oil drilling rights in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, scheduled for February 6th. The Chukchi Sea is a polar bear habitat. In one study, the Interior Department determined that under current trends, disappearing sea ice would result in a two-thirds drop in the world population of polar bears resulting in the disappearance of polar bears from Alaska by 2050. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Program ID:
203681-1
Category:
House Committee
Format:
House Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jan 17, 2008
Last Aired:
Jan 20, 2008

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  • Jan 17, 2008 | 9:32am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 17, 2008 | 3:13pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 17, 2008 | 8:00pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 18, 2008 | 1:22am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 18, 2008 | 11:29am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 20, 2008 | 2:37am EST | C-SPAN 1
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