The demise of the polar bear has become one of the most visible campaign tools of environmentalists. The public really likes polar bears, despite their being a vicious predator in real life, and so the idea of polar bears dying off because of global warming has always been a compelling argument. Which is why the left uses the polar bear in its activism again and again and again.
Not only aren’t polar bears suffering the plight the environmental leftists have told us about, their population actually seems to be growing:
The debate about climate change and its impact on polar bears has intensified with the release of a survey that shows the bear population in a key part of northern Canada is far larger than many scientists thought, and might be growing.
The number of bears along the western shore of Hudson Bay, believed to be among the most threatened bear subpopulations, stands at 1,013 and could be even higher, according to the results of an aerial survey released Wednesday by the Government of Nunavut. That’s 66 per cent higher than estimates by other researchers who forecasted the numbers would fall to as low as 610 because of warming temperatures that melt ice faster and ruin bears’ ability to hunt. The Hudson Bay region, which straddles Nunavut and Manitoba, is critical because it’s considered a bellwether for how polar bears are doing elsewhere in the Arctic.
The polar bears species appears to be about 150,000 years old. This means that polar bears have been through global warming and cooling tends before. And, obviously, they’ve survived them before.
One of the biggest fallacies perpetrated by the global warming alarmists is this idea that global warming trends are something new. They’re not. The earth was going through extreme changes in global climate long before we had coal power plans and freeways full of SUV’s. Those global climate changes killed off some species of animal while others found ways to adapt and survive.
The big lie from the environmentalists is that they believe that present human activity is having is disproportionate impact on global climate change, and that we can somehow control climate change by changing our behavior. This is nonsense. The earth’s climate patterns are going to do what they do pretty much irregardless of what we do.