22 May 2008 21:02 [Source: ICIS news]
The state was reacting to last week’s decision by the US Interior Department to classify the polar bear as threatened because of reduced sea ice in the polar region, said to be the result of global warming.
The Interior Department ruling was the first federal action to protect an animal species based on the perceived and anticipated effects of global warming. The ruling is seen by many as an opening for environmentalists who want to permanently bar oil and gas drilling along
US chemical manufacturers and the broader manufacturing industry are anxious to see increased natural gas production from
“Without question, this litigation challenging the [Interior Department] secretary’s decision will be of immense significance to
However, it could take years for the state challenge to reach the
“The primary reason we are filing suit is that the Interior Department’s decision is bad and it is unprecedented to list as threatened a currently healthy species based on highly speculative modelling of what global warming effects might be,” Daugherty said.
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