Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne: ‘Unfortunately I Have To Follow The Law’

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"Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne: ‘Unfortunately I Have To Follow The Law’"

Yesterday, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne was challenged by Glenn Beck on CNN about why he listed the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Kempthorne responded:

Well, I’ll tell ya, unfortunately I have to follow the law.

Kempthorne caught himself and added, “Or fortunately.” After highlighting his record trying to cripple the Endangered Species Act as a Republican senator from Idaho, Kempthorne said with a smirk, “I cannot ignore the law. I have a Constitutional requirement to, uh, uphold the law.” Watch it:

Kempthorne’s interview with Beck, a global warming denier obsessed with the ferocity of polar bears, is only the latest in a long string of exclusive Bush administration interviews with right-wing sympathizers.

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