Next, Rush turned the dittocam back on and held up a picture from the UK Sun of polar bears standing on a melting iceberg. Rush claimed that the picture is fraudulent, because polar bears can swim 60 miles, and so they’re not in danger (why not tell that to the bears that are drowning, Rush?). Rush added that even if they did die it would be no great loss, because there’s been an explosion in the polar bear population. This would be great news to the experts; Rush should really release his undoubtedly rigorous scientific findings.
I guess the college grads at Media Matters don’t realize this but: polar bears are not immortal. Maybe the drowned ones tried to swim 61 miles. Who knows? Certainly not the Media Matters kids.
No, they rely on “experts” for their polar bear information. In this case, their “experts” are something called Polar Bears International, which anthromorphizes wild creatures (“Wait for me…mom”) to get you to feel sorry for them, which is totally scientific and that.
And of course, Polar Bears International has NO agenda whatsoever wants to stay in business and raise as much money as possible. I mean, they’re obviously just like the World Wildlife Fund oh wait…)
I guess Media Matters hasn’t heard from this expert. Then again, neither has anybody else…
This is one of a steady drizzle of events planned to stoke up alarm in the run-up to the UN’s major conference on climate change in Copenhagen next December. But one of the world’s leading experts on polar bears has been told to stay away from this week’s meeting, specifically because his views on global warming do not accord with those of the rest of the group.
Mitchell Taylor has been researching the status and management of polar bears in Canada and around the Arctic Circle for 30 years, as both an academic and a government employee. More than once since 2006 he has made headlines by insisting that polar bear numbers, far from decreasing, are much higher than they were 30 years ago. Of the 19 different bear populations, almost all are increasing or at optimum levels, only two have for local reasons modestly declined.
Here’s my take: who cares?
If you live in Churchill, Manitoba, polar bears might as well be giant white rats. Unless they can somehow be trained to sniff out then kill terrorists, polar bears and all those other “endangered species” can go die all they want to.