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Judge Rejects Sarah Palin On Global Warming, Keeps Polar Bears On Threatened List.
   In 2008, media mega-star Sarah Palin was still the governor of Alaska.  Fearing that protecting the polar bear would “cripple oil and gas  development” off Alaska’s coasts, Palin — a well-worn climate science denier — sued the government to remove the species from the list. Palin pointed to the high  population of polar bears in 2008 and dismissed climate models that  predict continued loss of sea ice as “unreliable,” “uncertain,” and  “unproven.”
   But U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan backed the government  scientists’ finding this week “that global warming is threatening the  survival of the polar bear.” In a 116-page opinion, Sullivan dismissed Palin and hunting groups’ arguments as “nothing more than competing views about policy and science” and ruled on the side of science: Notwithstanding a handful of references to uncertainty that appear in  record documents, Joint Plaintiffs have failed to persuade this Court  that FWS [U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service] implemented the ESA  [Endangered Species Act] “haphazardly.” Accordingly, the Court concludes  that FWS did not act arbitrarily in relying on and drawing  reasonable conclusions from the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate  Change] reports and climate models in making its listing determination for the polar bear.

Judge Rejects Sarah Palin On Global Warming, Keeps Polar Bears On Threatened List.

   In 2008, media mega-star Sarah Palin was still the governor of Alaska. Fearing that protecting the polar bear would “cripple oil and gas development” off Alaska’s coasts, Palin — a well-worn climate science deniersued the government to remove the species from the list. Palin pointed to the high population of polar bears in 2008 and dismissed climate models that predict continued loss of sea ice as “unreliable,” “uncertain,” and “unproven.”

   But U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan backed the government scientists’ finding this week “that global warming is threatening the survival of the polar bear.” In a 116-page opinion, Sullivan dismissed Palin and hunting groups’ arguments as “nothing more than competing views about policy and science” and ruled on the side of science: Notwithstanding a handful of references to uncertainty that appear in record documents, Joint Plaintiffs have failed to persuade this Court that FWS [U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service] implemented the ESA [Endangered Species Act] “haphazardly.” Accordingly, the Court concludes that FWS did not act arbitrarily in relying on and drawing reasonable conclusions from the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] reports and climate models in making its listing determination for the polar bear.

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