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Scientists say that global warming and habitat loss could drive America's polar bears to extinction by the end of the century. Yet, so far, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has stopped short of reversing an 11th hour regulatory change by the Bush/Cheney administration that denies polar bears important Endangered Species Act protections from the threat of global warming.
The polar bear 4(d) rule exempts activities outside the Arctic that cause global warming from ever being considered a violation of the Endangered Species Act. But the rising temperatures from global warming are robbing polar bears of vital habitat and melting the sea ice they use for hunting and raising their cubs.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar can reverse this awful rule under authority granted by Congress, but he only has until May 9th to act. Please sign our petition to Secretary Salazar and urge him to give America's vanishing polar bears a vital lifeline by extending full protections to these iconic ice hunters under the Endangered Species Act.