On Friday, the Obama Administration approved a plan to begin seismic blasting of the sea floor by oil companies seeking places to drill for petroleum. The blasting has been assessed as likely to kill and injure huge numbers of marine mammals.
I checked the top 50 recent containing the word “manatee” published recently by journalists. Only 6 of those were actually about manatees.
Four years ago, we blasted Sarah Palin for advocating oil drilling in the habitat of endangered beluga whales. Now, the Obama Administration has approved oil drilling in the habitat of those endangered whales. Are we supposed to look the other way, just because Obama is a Democrat?
This Earth Day, you’ll heard Democrats talking about how horrible Mitt Romney would be for the environment, and it’s true – as President, Mitt Romney would support anti-environmental policies. What you won’t hear Democrats talking about is the wonderful environmental record of Barack Obama. That’s because Obama has a terrible environmental record
Young vaquitas are barely bigger than lap dogs. They’re also critically endangered, with a population of something like 125 in just one place in the world.
Florida’s manatees are endangered animals, so the death of 429 in just one year is a serious loss.
Biologist Shaye Wolf, says of Obama’s assistance to oil companies in the arctic, “There may be a new captain at the helm, but the federal government is still steering wildlife management in the Arctic on a course for extinction.”
On Monday, five northern right whale dolphins were reported stranded on the shore of Santa Rosa Island in the Channel Islands National Park, off the coast of Southern California. Four of these dolphins were recovered, all dead. The fifth was not found.
North Atlantic right whales are becoming entangled in lobstermen’s ropes, and Congressman Don Young has introduced legislation that would end efforts to try to eliminate the killing of marine mammals by the commercial seafood industry.
Let’s not just blame Sarah Palin for the troubles of the Cook Inlet belugas. Remember that Endangered Species Act protections for the Cook Inlet belugas were first requested in 1999. President Bill Clinton had almost two years to act on that request, but he failed to do so.
Moko has just gone wild – as she always was. Bottlenosed dolphins are intelligent and sociable, but they’re not part of our human society, even when they interact with us.