by Congressman John Linder, The Washington Times
“Global Warming” had a precursor in capturing the hearts and minds of the world.
Michael Crichton, in his novel “State of Fear,” brilliantly juxtaposes the world’s current political embrace of “global warming” with the popular embrace of the “science” of eugenics a century ago. For nearly 50 years, from the late 1800s through the first half of the 20th century, there grew a common political acceptance by the world’s thinkers, political leaders and media elite that the “science” of eugenics was settled science. There were a few lonely voices trying to be heard in the wilderness in opposition to this bogus science, but they were ridiculed or ignored.
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The future is always uncertain, and it is appropriate to be concerned about the effects of
climate change, development, and contaminants on arctic wildlife, including polar bears.
However, the Center for Biological Diversity and associated interest groups (e.g.,
Greenpeace) do not acknowledge the existing research and management structures and
initiatives in place to ensure that polar bear populations persist in perpetuity.
Identification of an effect on one population out of 20 is not sufficient to declare a species
headed for extinction; the evidence presented by the proponents does not meet the criteria
of the test for the Endangered Species Act category: “Threatened.”