Palin: Don’t save the whales

Mother Jones
by Daniel Schulman

As a fierce high school basketball player, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was dubbed ‘Sarah Barracuda,’ a nickname that was revived on the campaign trail last year, when she served as John McCain’s enforcer. Now the ‘Barracuda’ is picking a fight with one of the biggest mammals in the sea. Last week, the state of Alaska announced it plans to mount a legal challenge to the listing of the Cook Inlet beluga whale under the Endangered Species Act. (Placing the belugas on the endangered list requires a review of federally funded or permitted activities that could affect the health of the whales, the establishment of a recovery plan, and the designation of “critical habitat.”) This marks the second time in a year that Palin’s administration has squared off with the federal government over an ESA listing. Over the summer, her administration sued Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne after his agency conferred threatened status on the polar bear...

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