April 16, 2012

Inconvenient truth: Polar bears are flourishing

Morning Sentinel Staff

It would come as no surprise if David Suzuki called an emergency meeting of his David Suzuki Foundation to deal with the sad news that the North Pole was not melting.

Every eco-system has its canary in the coal mine and, in the case of the Arctic, it's the polar bear -- supposedly dying off, say doomsayers, because global warming is melting the very ice on which these bears need to hunt.

The trouble with this, however, is that it's bogus.

Our Nanooks of the North have never been healthier. An aerial survey of the northern shore of Hudson Bay, where the polar bear is supposedly most threatened, shows a population some 66 percent greater than what many scientists predicted.

This should drive Suzuki apoplectic. The dying polar bear, after all, is his meal ticket.

Its impending demise turned the lies of "An Inconvenient Truth" into a Nobel Prize for former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

This is a very difficult bell to unring.

The aerial survey's results, released by the Government of Nunavut, shows a bear population along Hudson Bay of 1,013 animals, when the alarmists predicted the number would be as low as 610.

These would likely be the same "scientists" used by David Suzuki for his sky-is-falling, ice-is-melting, canary-is-dying fundraisers that have Santa Claus drowning as the North Pole melts.

What will they say now that this inconvenient truth has the polar bears flourishing, not dying off? It is a conundrum for the Suzuki crowd.

Instead of listening to eco-opportunists, or university professors, we'd rather take the word of the Inuit. It's their hunting ground too, and they say the polar bear is far from being endangered.

-- Ottawa (Ontario) Sun, April 8

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