REP. YOUNG LAUDS 4(D) DECISION
Alaskan Congressman Don Young praised the Department of Interior's decision today to maintain the final 4(d) special rule for polar bears, which states that the listing of the polar bear as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) should not be used to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from lawful activities, such as the construction of a new factory or road, throughout the country.
"This reaches far beyond the scope of protecting polar bears," said Rep. Young. "It was a political ploy influenced by the extreme environmentalists to hurt our economy, and put Americans out of jobs. Want to add more livestock to your herd? You can't, unless you run it past Fish and Wildlife first. Want to build a school or church thousands of miles away from the nearest polar bear? Make sure you add the Department of Interior to the list of government officials you need to check with. What happened to our civil liberties? Revoking the rule would have set a dangerous precedent; it would impede our economy and hurt Americans. I commend the Secretary for maintaining the 4(d) special rule for polar bears. This is a victory for Alaska as we move toward securing our energy future."