reply to post by schrodingers dog
Below is a e-mail I saved that I received from Senator Obama.
Obama does support protecting our citizens of this planet that don't have the power of human speech. All life is precious.
Thank you for writing to express your strong support for S.1406, the Polar Bear Protection Act. I appreciate hearing from you.
Like you, I am concerned about the divergent threats confronting these animals and agree that protecting vulnerable species and their habitats must be
a priority. This year, my colleagues and I sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urging the agency to list the Polar Bear as a
Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A copy of that letter is attached. Additionally, Senator Kerry proposed an amendment to the
Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, which protects polar bears from the adverse effects that sport hunting may have on the species' population in
Canada. Under this law, the importation of polar bear skins and parts from sport hunts to the U.S. would be prohibited.
As you note, polar bears are being threatened on many fronts. Global warming is causing catastrophic environmental change in the Arctic, including the
rapid melting of the sea ice upon which the species depends for its survival. The Center for Biological Diversity suggests that polar bears are in
danger of being the first mammals in the world to lose 100% of their habitat due to global warming.
There is no question that accumulated carbon dioxide levels in the air during the past 100 years have resulted in a negative effect on global
agriculture, weather patterns, temperatures, ocean levels, wildlife and flora. The evidence is compelling that even if carbon dioxide emissions are
restricted to today’s levels, the earth’s climate could be up to several degrees warmer in the next 50 years. This is an issue I am unwilling to
I am an original cosponsor of the Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act introduced by Senators McCain and Lieberman, which would require industry to
reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions to 2000 levels by 2010. I am also a proud cosponsor of the 2007 Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act by
Senators Sanders and Boxer, a long-term plan which would cap greenhouse gas emissions beginning in 2010, with a goal of reducing emissions to 80%
below their 1990 levels by the year 2050. It is an ambitious, forward-thinking bill that would require manufacturers to meet heightened standards for
new motor vehicles or engines, and encourage new research into energy-efficient technologies. In my view, these efforts to address global warming
reflect one of the greatest fights we can make for all vulnerable species, including the polar bear.
You can rest assured that I share your desire to protect these magnificent creatures, and I support polar bear conservation efforts. S.1406 has been
referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, a panel on which I do not serve. However, I will urge my colleagues on the
Committee to take timely action on this proposal.
Thank you again for your letter. Please stay in touch in the future.
United States Senator