Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Another March Miscreant: Western energy lobby goes after the polar bear!

I guess there is never a dull moment in the world of the energy lobbyist.

Now they are going after the polar bear! See e-mail, below, from the Western Business Roundtable, a dig and burn crowd based in Golden, Colorado. (Yes, yes, this is the very same group that holds the annual business festival of access buying and cooked up a virtual parody of itself called Americans for American Energy. Run by the guy who did pr for Dick Cheney’s energy task force. )

As you may recall, the Bush administration is considering listing the polar bear as an endangered species because global warming is melting the Arctic ice.
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/swcbd/species/polarbear/index.html

Perhaps the most amusing part of the note below is the rabble-rousing allegation that preserving the polar bear could harm businesses in “ALL 50 STATES.” Last time we looked, there weren’t many polar bears in Florida, Texas and Arizona.

I guess they have to do something to keep those corporate dues coming in.

As Caligula once put it, "people are so despicable."

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the latest from Jim Sims

From: Jim Sims [mailto:jsims@westernroundtable.net] Sent: Monday, March 26, 2007 2:41 PMSubject: New Business Threat: Proposed Polar Bear ESA Listing
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A MAJOR NEW THREAT TO ALL BUSINESSES/ INDUSTRIES
Dear Colleague:
Environmental extremists and activist lawyers are pushing the federal government to add the Polar Bear to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) list. Such a listing would have major negative implications for virtually every business and industry operation in the United States.
The ESA is a very powerful law and could subject virtually any human activity in ALL 50 STATES to review and regulation by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) bureaucrats if the Polar Bear is listed as threatened or endangered. This will essentially declare "open season" for environmental lawyers to sue to block virtually any project that involves carbon dioxide emissions.
What are we doing to stop this?
1) Comments To USFWS
The Western Business Roundtable has filed comments with the USFWS strongly opposing this listing. You can see them here: http://www.westernroundtable.net/mail/util.cfm?mailaction=clickthru&gpiv=1999955530.31245.615&gen=1&mailing_linkid=9882
We also filed comments to the Secretary of the Interior regarding an Administrative Procedures Act petition by environmental activists to regulate the impact of global warming to species under the Endangered Species Act. You can see those comments here: http://www.westernroundtable.net/mail/util.cfm?mailaction=clickthru&gpiv=1999955530.31245.615&gen=1&mailing_linkid=9886, and the attachment also filed: http://www.westernroundtable.net/mail/util.cfm?mailaction=clickthru&gpiv=1999955530.31245.615&gen=1&mailing_linkid=9884
===> ACTION ITEM: File comments from your organization opposing this listing. The comment period ends on April 9.===> ACTION ITEM: Let Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne know of your opposition to the environmental activists' ADA petition.
2) Grassroots Campaign
The Roundtable is joining with our sister non-profit advocacy organizations, the Partnership for America and Americans for American Energy, to wage aggressive grassroots and grasstops campaigns to stop this listing petition.
Go here to take action now: http://www.westernroundtable.net/mail/util.cfm?mailaction=clickthru&gpiv=1999955530.31245.615&gen=1&mailing_linkid=9883
Go here to learn more about this issue: http://www.westernroundtable.net/mail/util.cfm?mailaction=clickthru&gpiv=1999955530.31245.615&gen=1&mailing_linkid=9885
3) Giving You Tools To Act On Your Own
We will soon send you additional talking points, backgrounders, information sharing tools and a powerful online "Grassroots Power System" website that you can use to help your members submit their own individual comments for the record opposing the polar bear listing. Stay tuned!
Jim SimsPresident & CEOWestern Business Roundtable350 Indiana Street, Suite 640Golden, CO 80401office: 303-216-9278direct: 303-577-4611fax: 303-496-0334http://www.westernroundtable.net/mail/util.cfm?mailaction=clickthru&gpiv=1999955530.31245.615&gen=1&mailing_linkid=9888http://www.westernroundtable.net/mail/util.cfm?mailaction=clickthru&gpiv=1999955530.31245.615&gen=1&mailing_linkid=9887
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