UPDATE — This MOU’s lame language is completely inconsistent with the Secretary Kempthorne’s announcement today (see here). I guess that is another symptom of bye-polar disorder.
Pity the poor polar bear. Two of the governments who should be most concerned about the survival of the species just signed a pointless “Memorandum of Understanding between Environment Canada and the United States Department of the Interior for the conservation and management of shared polar bear populations.”
As you can see, this high-level May 8 MOU says its purpose is
to provide a framework for the development and implementation of mutually agreeable immediate, interim and long-term actions that focus on specific components of polar bear conservation.
And the MOU says that a key goal is
working to identify key polar bear habitats and developing recommendations for habitat conservation measures.
As we used to say in third grade,
“Ooh, pick me, pick me. I know, I know. I know the key habitat we need to conserve and how we could do that — although it would require reversing every single one of the administration’ energy and climate policies…”
[All right, maybe we weren't that precocious in third grade, but then I doubt any third-graders would have bothered with an MOU on this subject that doesn't mention sea ice or climate change.]
Sad. With Kempthorne’s signature on this new MOU, it doesn’t look good for Ursus maritimus. Bring on the Grolar Bears!