For reference: The polar bear has the scientific name of Ursus maritimus, ursus means "bear" and maritimus means "sea." Yes, polar bear literally means sea bear.
A federal judge is pushing protections for the sea bear based on global warming hysteria:
A federal judge on Thursday backed a finding by government scientists that global warming is threatening the survival of the polar bear.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled that a May 2008 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to place the bear on the endangered species list as threatened because of melting sea ice was rational given the facts and best available science.
Environmental groups had sued, saying the polar bear needed more protection under the Endangered Species Act. The state of Alaska, under the leadership of then-Gov. Sarah Palin, and hunting groups argued that the listing was unnecessary. They say the bear is protected by other laws and that the scientific case is shaky when it comes to predicting global warming's toll on the mammal.
The polar bear is the only species to ever be placed on the endangered species list based on global warming data models, which have been widely discredited. Government scientists have been pushing the global warming lie for years in order keep taxpayer funding coming their way while pushing an agenda that has little to do with the environment and everything to do with government control.
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