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What to Do About the Killa from Wasilla?

Published 09/10/08
By Barbara Schmitz, Senior Program Associate

I breathed a sigh of relief when Frank Murkowski left office in 2006. As a senator representing Alaska, he pushed very hard for drilling oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and, worse still, he waged a horrific war against wolves while he served as Alaska’s governor. Defying two voter initiatives that prevented the killing of wolves by shooters in low-flying aircraft (aerial hunting), Governor Murkowski set loose the aerial hunters once again right after taking office.

Sometimes, things go from bad to worse. Murkowski’s successor, Sarah Palin, hasn’t cut wildlife or the environment any slack.

Instead, in her short time in office, Governor Sarah Palin has almost single-mindedly pursued an anti-environment, anti-wildlife, pro–Big Oil agenda. Some examples:

  • Palin sued the federal government to stop the listing of the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act (these bears face extinction because global warming is causing the sea ice to disappear)
  • Palin has aggressively continued the aerial hunting of wolves and bears — to boost caribou and moose herds for hunters
  • Palin questioned the conclusion of the National Marine Fisheries Service and its science advisers that the beluga whale population is in critical danger and needs protection under the Endangered Species Act
  • Palin is not convinced that global warming is caused by human activity
  • Palin opposed a state ballot measure to protect salmon streams from mining operations.

I’m deeply concerned that this woman could, in a few short months, land the second-highest office in our country. She is poised to make decisions that would affect my life, my family, and the lives of 300 million Americans, as well as deciding environmental policy and determining the fate of millions of wild animals. It’s really unsettling.

Blogging off,

Barbara

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