Groups file suit to overturn use of "4(d) rule" on Polar Bear listing

Earlier we noted Secretary of Interior, Dirk Kempthorne’s decision to list the Polar Bear as a threatened species.  Kempthorne was spreading around the idea that the ESA was not intended to regulate greenhouse gases, the principle threat affecting polar bear habitat.

Now, we learn of the “4(d) rule”, a waiver of protections normally afforded species given ESA protections.

Fortunately, Environmental Groups Seek Full Protection for Polar Bear by filing suit.






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Brian Ertz