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In win for oil, natural-gas industry, court reverses rule protecting polar bear habitat

Fox News -- A U.S. court in Alaska has overturned a federal rule aimed at protecting polar bear habitat in the Arctic, handing a victory to the oil and natural-gas industry.

The rule, established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is "valid in many respects," but the agency didn't follow all the legally required steps before adopting the regulation, U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Beistline wrote in the decision, which was dated Thursday and published Friday.

The judge sent the regulation back to the agency to correct what he called "procedural deficiencies."

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell said Friday that he "applauded" the court's decision.

"The Fish and Wildlife Service's attempt to classify massive sections of resource-rich North Slope lands as critical habitat is the latest in a long string


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 5:51:41 AM

HIGuy: that will happen when you and I are gone, but it's a nice outlook for the rest of the planet (not homo not-so-sapiens).
HawaiianGuy
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 11:40:14 AM

'Bout time. Maybe the powers-that-be have finally figured out the Environmental Lobby's ultimate agenda by now: The complete removal of human beings from this planet and to return it to it's primeval state.
otherdave
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 10:44:52 AM

Yesterday's news.
tomok
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 4:02:39 AM

In win for oil, natural-gas industry, court reverses rule protecting polar bear habitat.
It doesn't look good for the bears! Big Oil and Big Gas will get their way and push for more land so they can export their pubic derived booty to other countries for additional profit.
Big Oil and Big Gas sells fuel and natural gas on the world market for higher prices to other countries. 'Coming out of the closet' Sneeky's lousy, smoke and mirrors, lack of jobs, dog and pony show and in the crapper economy, the jobs are Not here. Sneeky's economy is not improving but continues to hurt the population and the job numbers continue to be down!
No Thanks to the Mindless Pinhead Sheep that voted this bozo back in office.
The US ‘oil and natural gas resources’ belong to the citizens of this country and are to be used by those same citizens! The price at the pump needs to go down to $2/gallon - *$3, *$3.50/gallon or *$4.00 is Not the new low!
More Refineries are Not the answer, Stop exporting fuel is!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII! - The Day After......
Blossomize
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 2:48:51 AM

I wouldn't want to be uprooted or killed off because of bear pooping in the woods, reversal....I don't wish to see the polar bear have no homes or healthy woods to poop in!
bonzoonfmb
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:47:33 AM

The polar bear population is already steadily decreasing because of the shrinkage of the polar ice cap.
VanIsleLes
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:42:21 AM

Ok
KrsnaDragon
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:34:46 AM

Hmm...
KhelbenArunson
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:32:00 AM

sounds like big oil is at it again.
craigsf38
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:29:35 AM

Old news
Zonk
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:27:41 AM

Unfortunate decision, if it stands.
Delight777
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:25:48 AM

Keep the polar bear!
crreed1
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:25:47 AM

they want to kill off everything
RAKARWOWSKI
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:25:00 AM

ok.
NAVYHM
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:24:53 AM

THAT JUDGE WAS PAID-OFF BY BIG OIL GREED... BUT, WE WOULD HAVE NEVER GUEST THAT... BS...
mfeldstein
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:23:55 AM

Another sad day on planet Earth.
tedjm1
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:22:39 AM

Polar Bear has no voice in his survival. It's a shame.
uglytom
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:21:04 AM

Win for the world? HARDLY
boatfloyd
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:19:42 AM

Poor Polar Bear :(.
StrangeLuv
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:19:22 AM

Don't know enough to judge.
SteelPenny
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:18:44 AM

The bear lawyers weren't corrupt enough. When will they ever learn ?
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:16:50 AM

Old news!
4warned
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:16:18 AM

I will take the resources. I do not need a Polar Bear.
Jmac2008
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:15:49 AM

this is not a good thing for wildlife.
teamsimons
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:15:46 AM

We posted a reply to this article yesterday.
Rooster922
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:15:01 AM

Go ahead, wild life get into way of Profit $$$$. That's what they did with the Indian's plain Buffaloes.
jkpsr
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:14:46 AM

This may kill off more polar bears.
Bubba44612
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:12:22 AM

When they finally kill the world we will be sorry.
yakstar
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:10:36 AM

where will all the polar bears go now?
mia3bxs
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:09:56 AM

Let's dig for oil. Forget about the natural habitat.
bvrbill
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:09:48 AM

State vs Feds - Who will win?
rahcat
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:09:33 AM

Use of our natural resources 1.........greenies 0.
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:06:42 AM

All the polar bears will be gone soon.
pa79th
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:06:18 AM

The Greenies have unlimited funds to keep this tied up in court forever...
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:06:12 AM

Money passed under the table on this one...
regout
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:05:54 AM

Save the bears.
cheaper0ON
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:04:41 AM

Okay.
joel27nc
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:04:26 AM

The polar bears are okay.
PrinceLH
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:04:01 AM

Oh tay!
JamesCalvin
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:03:00 AM

OUPS!
CharlieC08
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 12:01:00 AM

Drive the Dalton hwy. sometime and see for your self.
Brucevanf
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:59:03 PM

Money wins in every case
NAVYHM
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:59:02 PM

OK...
usnerd
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:57:55 PM

Polar bears rock!
AC-302
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:55:53 PM

This isn't hard. Have Fish & Wildlife or USFS personnel to monitor this to make sure the oil companies aren't polluting or wantonly destroying habitats (which the likely aren't - bad for business you know).
unemployed58
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:55:47 PM

Big oil 1 ............little white bear 0
BeatOPEC
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:51:56 PM

OMG... Let the press begin calling the extinction of the polar bear. Sarcasim
gd83goldwinger
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:49:45 PM

It's ok if you keep balance and don't destroy it.
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:44:10 PM

If all the greenie tree huggers Stop useing energy we would be better off!
Michaelsz06
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:38:46 PM

If Polar Bears cant learn to adapt to a changing planet, like it has done for millions of years. Then maybe they are not meant to survive. Species have come and gone on this planet for millions of years and we should not be out there trying to play god now and make sure that none of them ever disappear again. This is not how nature works or intended it to work. Just because man is now on the planet, the greenies have in there head for some reason that it would be so bad for a species to go extinct. This happened all the time before man and everything worked fine. It worked so fine it actually brought about the development of man in the world didn't it. Now I'm not saying we should ever purposely kill a species until they become extinct. (Like we have done with the whales) But species that just cant survive because we are here, or that we build a home or just put up a oil well that isnt directly threating it in any way. Well that species needs to learn to adapt to man being on the planet and if it cant then its not strong enough to survive and we should not be playing god trying to protect something so weak in the first place. This is how it works in nature!
Godozo
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 11:36:06 PM

It's the economy vs the environment.

And we need the oil...or at least the promise thereof.
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