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Kempthorne Finesses Polar Bear Listing

Item: Kempthorne makes tough call on polar bear listing: While blaming the animals’ plight on global warming, he says the Endangered Species Act can’t be used to regulate greenhouse gases/Idaho Statesman.

More Info: Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne may have cast polar bears as the enduring symbol of the effects of global warming on Wednesday by protecting them with the Endangered Species Act. But Kempthorne also sought to prevent the use of the powerful federal law from regulating greenhouse gases around the country.

Question: Did Kempthorne make the right call by using the Endangered Species Act to protect polar bears?

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