I find it very funny when environmentalists don’t get their way.  The government auctioned off land for oil leases back before the nuts had the polar bear declared a endangered species due to (a lie) man-made global warming.  Oh it gets much better!  The Fish and Wildlife service issued Regulations this week providing legal protection to Seven Oil companies planning to search for oil and gas in the Chukchi Sea off the Northwestern coast of Alaska.  The new regulations protect the oil companies if any polar bears or Walruses are accidentally harmed as a result of the companies searching for oil.

Environmentalists said the new regulations give oil companies a blank check to harass the polar bear.  Hold on, maybe we should all go get a cry rag so we can compose ourselves.  An environmental nut job is not a expert on polar bears and I’m sick and tired of the courts acknowledging them as such. However, the Fish and Wildlife Service said oil and gas exploration will have a negligible effect on the bears’ population. “We are poorly equipped to address those risks and challenges,” said Steven Amstrup, one of the foremost experts on polar bears and a scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Alaska Science Center. “To assess what the impacts are going to be, we should know more about the bears.”

Wait, did you see that.  A polar bear expert says we don’t know enough about polar bears to assume we’re going to shake up their world.  That’s funny, environmental nut jobs said in the same article say “Polar bears are naturally curious creatures and sensitive to changes in their environment. Vibrations, noises, unusual scents and the presence of industrial equipment can disrupt their quest for prey and their efforts to raise their young in snow dens.”

Obviously someone is lying here and I don’t think it’s the foremost expert on polar bears.  “The oil and gas industry in operating under the kind of rules they have operated under for 15 years has not been a threat to the species,” H. Dale Hall, the Fish and Wildlife Service’s director, told The Associated Press on Friday. “It was the ice melting and the habitat going away that was a threat to the species over everything else.”

Administration and industry officials said oil companies enjoyed similar status in the Chukchi Sea from 1991 to 1996 and in the Beaufort Sea since 1993 and there was no effect on polar bear populations.  That’s not what environmental nut jobs tried to tell us? Just maybe we’re not as intrusive as the wacko’s want us to believe we are.  It’s my belief that the polar bear will adapt to any changes in their environment without any effect whatsoever.  If they are bothered by the oil searches, they will simply find another den.  This statement convinces me of that fact.

The seven companies will be required to map out the locations of polar bear dens, train their employees about the bears’ habits and take other measures to minimize clashes with them. In exchange, the companies are legally protected if their operations unintentionally harm the bears. Any bear deaths would still warrant an investigation and could result in penalty under the law.

About 2,000 of the 25,000 polar bears in the Arctic live in and around the Chukchi Sea, where the government in February auctioned off oil leases to ConocoPhillips Co., Shell Oil Co. and five other companies for $2.6 billion. Over objections from environmentalists and members of Congress, the sale occurred before the bear was classified as threatened in May.

I’m sure the Democrats in Washington were livid over this.  I can see them all lined up over the microphone with their cry rags in hand.  None of which, probably view this as “Good for America.”  This is very good for Americans as a whole.  With the Democrats refusing to go to nuclear power which has proven to be cleaner energy over a Hollywood hate movie “The China Syndrome.”

Nuclear energy is the most viable and developed alternative energy source to date!  Other alternate energy sources are still being worked on.  This would pull millions of barrels of oil away from electricity providers and allow us to use oil for only our vehicles.  Senator John Cornyn says this is the way to go into the future to cut down on our dependence on foreign oil.  I agree with Senator Cornyn but the majority in Congress and the senate start stuttering when the subject is mentioned.  We can’t have it both ways and we certainly don’t have unlimited oil for our use.

The free market solutions will produce a better alternative but we have to allow them time to develop the new technology.

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