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Palin Sues Over the Protection of Endangered Beluga Whales

Palin Sues Over the Protection of Endangered Beluga Whales

Gov. Sarah Palin announced that Alaska has plans to sue over the increased protection of beluga whales in the Cook Inlet. This all on the heels of trying to keep polar bears off the endangered species list just five months prior.

The current population of beluga whales in the Cook Inlet is a mere 375, down from what used to be thousands. It was listed last year after scientists determined the whale would face extinction in less than 100 years. Only five groups of beluga whales live in U.S. waters off Alaska.

Under the protection of the Endangered Species Act, all federally funded or permitted activities in the Cook Inlet are now subject to review. Though Denby Lloyd, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, says the population is stable and beginning to recover.

Um, can we get someone NOT from Alaska to decide this?

The Cook Inlet which hosts the city of Anchorage is also a mature oil-producing basin – shocking! Which is why Palin opposes the listing. It will greatly impact oil and gas developments from expanding into the Anchorage port.

“This listing decision didn’t take those efforts into account as required by law,” Palin said.

But this isn’t the first time Palin has put Big Oil before the environment, and it won’t be the last. “Gov. Palin seems more than willing to sacrifice endangered whales on the altar of oil companies,” said Brendan Cummings, director of The Center for Biological Diversity.

Next, she’ll want to start aerial hunting of the beluga. Tell Sarah Palin how you feel about saving the beluga whale by signing our petition!

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2:26AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

We've got to protect the animal

8:32PM PDT on May 23, 2012

These animals need protection and have as much right to be here as we do. Their Creator in His wisdom created these animals as a part of His plan - everything has a reason and a purpose. This Planet is not just about human beings, we were put on the planet to take care of it and look what we have done. There needs to be an a huge Awakening to the wonders of nature and how important it is that we care for all of them and see this as our responsibility. Live on Beluga Whales and Planet Earth in all of your Glory!

11:20AM PDT on May 19, 2012

I wish Palin would leave this planet and it's animals alone! First she shoots wolves from helicoptors and now this. One vile excuse for a human.

1:00PM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

Why is this woman in the news? She is one of the poorest excuses for a woman I have ever heard of.

5:10PM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

This is only ONE reason why $arah Failin' Wailin' PAYlin is a poor excuse for a human being!! $arah ONLY cares about 2 things; MONEY and FAME. The rest of the world be damned!!!!!!!!!
Evil greedy scumbag.

7:22AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

Northern N. has his head in the sand.

6:39PM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

Glynis M is awesome too!

3:49PM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

Edwardo N. is awesome.

9:38AM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

Belugas are more endangered than Canadian wolves.
and they want them protected for oil

fake fur is made from petroleum(i think) that is oil

belugas are halting the production of fake fur.

you really can't relocate whales, and a few people do need them for eating (or should Native People who's ancestors were there for hundreds of hundreds of years be given free Tempeh instead?)

8:37AM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

Sarah Palin qualifies for the word in English I hate the most. It starts with a C.

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