The Intersection

Crank Versus Polar Bear


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  1. #1 Lance
    September 5, 2007

    Yeah, Inhofe is the crank, not the lady in the polar bear suit.

    As anyone with internet access and any objectivity knows, polar bears populations are not in decline.

    From Wikipedia

    “In 2005, Mitch Taylor, a Canadian authority on polar bears, stated, “We’re seeing an increase in bears that’s really unprecedented, and in places where we’re seeing a decrease in the population it’s from hunting, not from climate change.” [5] In a 2007 article, H. Sterling Burnett wrote, “Since the 1970s, while much of the world was warming, polar bear numbers increased dramatically, from roughly 5,000 to 25,000 bears.”[6] This increase coincides with changes in hunting practices which began in the early 1970s.”

    Nor are the cute (well at least if you aren’t close enough for them to eat you) furry white carnivores going to become extinct in the unlikely event that the arctic ice cap completely dissapears during summer months. They obvioulsy survived the last interglacial when the arctic was ice free in the summer, probably for thousands of years.

    But of course, politics, emotion and a good photo-op are more important than scientific fact. It’s really about “framing” the issue correctly.

    Looks to me like AGW is all “frame” and no picture.

  2. #2 matthew
    September 5, 2007

    From the same wikipedia article Lance cited: “Although no global census exists, long-term studies of local populations of polar bears show they have been shrinking.”

  3. #3 Sandra
    September 5, 2007

    Why would anyone trust Wikipedia these days?

  4. #4 Toby J
    September 6, 2007

    When all you’ve got is a confirmation bias, every source looks credible.

  5. #5 Jean Mcmahon
    September 8, 2007

    I dress in a Polar Bear costume to alert my fellow citizens just to the fact that Climate Change/Global warming is real and the innocent living creatures on Earth affected cannot be heard.I recommend one-person activism.I stand on busy intersections,waving at people with signs”Stop Global Warming”..The Polar Bear Suit helps make people smile back and wave. I can get this issue into local papers because they probably think this is “entertainment”….Please,I plead for copy cats(bears)to appear..”Take it to the streets”..Jean

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