For the second time this year, the government – that awful Washington establishment – has smacked down Sarah Palin‘s efforts to denigrate certain species by arguing that they are not endangered. The federal government has determined that the Beluga whale is endangered, dashing Palin’s hopes to keep the animal off the list. Perhaps Palin would like to get out her spears and hunt the whales right along with Alaska natives. That way she could add one more gory trophy to her moose heads.
Making oil projects her priority, Palin successfully lobbied for a six-month delay in a listing decision until a count of the whales this summer could be included in deliberations. That count showed no increase over 2007 numbers — 375 whales, compared with a high of 653 in 1995.
Despite this evidence and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration findings that a decade-long recovery program had failed to ensure the whales’ survival, Palin forged forward with her goal of preventing the listing of the whales.
The listing has the potential to affect major Alaska projects including an expansion of the Port of Anchorage, additional offshore oil and gas drilling, a proposed $600 million bridge connecting Anchorage to Palin’s hometown of Wasilla and a massive coal mine 45 miles south of Anchorage.
It is really too bad Palin has such a mean streak when it comes to living creatures that cannot protect themselves from the atrocious acts of human beings. I bet the whales, polar bears, wolves, and other threatened and edangered species are glad that someone is looking out for them and protecting them from the great Sarah “Barracuda.”