Good Neighbor Law                                                                              Announcement March 10, 2008 
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Dr. Willie Soon - keynote speaker at the  upcoming  Good Neighbor Forum - is quoted in  "Polar bears caught in a heated eco-debate"   by Oren Dorell  - U.S.A. Today, March 10, 2008.

You can meet Dr. Soon and hear him address:
"Global Warming 101- Al Gore CO2 Theory"  -  on March 15th in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  
Dr. Soon and his colleagues at the Smithsonian-Havard Institute (Boston) have invited Mr. Al Gore to debate on many occasions. Mr. Gore has declined.

Dr. Willie Soon

Polar bears caught in a heated eco-debate
By Oren Dorell, USA TODAY

Eskimos in Alaska and Canada have joined to stop polar bears from being designated as an endangered species, saying the move threatens their culture and livelihoods by relying on sketchy science for animals that are thriving.

Eskimos in Alaska and Canada have joined to stop polar bears from being designated as an endangered species, saying the move threatens their culture and livelihoods by relying on sketchy science for animals that are thriving.

Although they say sea ice has melted, some Natives question the accuracy of the most dire predictions of a warming climate in the Northern Hemisphere, and members of the Inuit Circumpolar Council seek evidence that a change would seriously harm the bears.

PHOTO GALLERY: Polar bears

Their stance has put them at loggerheads with a usual ally: environmentalists who say the bears need protection now to survive a warmer climate in the future.

"It would have a really big effect on us Inuit, because we go by dog team to traditionally hunt polar bears," said Jamie Kablutsiak, who guides U.S. trophy hunters for big money onto the ice on Canada's Hudson Bay. As for the
bears, "I don't think they're decreasing because there's usually lots, even in summer time," he said.

A decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will come soon, spokesman Bruce Woods said.

The petition marks the first time a healthy species would be considered at risk under the Endangered Species Act and the first time global warming would be officially labeled a species' main threat.

Polar bears have increased from a population of 5,000 in 1972 to between 20,000 and 25,000 today.

The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a petition in 2005 for endangered species protection based on projected habitat loss due to global warming.

The petition resulted in a 2007 report by the U.S. Geological Survey, which predicted a loss of two-thirds of the world's polar bear population by 2050, based on a projected 42% summertime loss of "optimal polar bear habitat"
such as shallow-water sea ice.

Some scientists, however, question predictions that sea ice will disappear, and even that polar bears would disappear if it did.

Richard Glenn, an Alaskan Inuit hunter and ice researcher, told U.S. senators in January that "marginal ice," which freezes in winter and melts in summer, will grow as multiyear ice disappears.

"Even the Fish and Wildlife Service study acknowledges that . may be beneficial to ice seals and polar bears," he said.

The aim of the environmentalists is to use the Endangered Species Act to force the U.S. government to take action on global warming, said Kassie Siegel, a lawyer for the Center for Biological Diversity. It would require federal agencies "to look at the cumulative effect of greenhouse gases on polar bears" and limit emissions by cars and power plants, Siegel said.

Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin disagrees with that approach.

"If you want to address climate change, address it directly," said Doug Vincent-Lang, Palin's coordinator for endangered species.

To the Inuit, the polar bear has been a source of food, clothing and income for millennia, said Duane Smith, president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council in Canada, which represents Inuit across Canada.

The Inuit Circumpolar Council, which represents Native communities in Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Russia, wants Fish & Wildlife not to make a decision until Natives have a greater role, Chairwoman Patricia Cochran
said. Any decision should be based on "sound science," which includes traditional knowledge, Cochran said.

Big money is at stake. Sport hunters pay between $25,000 and $30,000 each to bag a polar bear.

The Alaska Nanuuq Commission, which represents Eskimos on polar bear issues, supports the listing as long as it allows subsistence hunting by Alaskan Inuit to continue. Executive Director Charlie Johnson said the group chose
to avoid clashing with U.S. environmentalists.

The conservation scheme works because "it's in the best interest of the (Inuit) people out there to maintain the (bear) populations," Smith said. But it may end if the bear is listed because U.S. hunters will be banned from importing any part of the bear, such as a pelt, Smith said.

"The numbers of polar bear are good," said Smith, a former conservation officer for the Canadian government.

Steven Amstrup, chief polar bear researcher for the U.S. Geological Survey, said climate models predict that it will be warmer by midcentury than "ever in the course of polar bear evolution." Other scientists question that view.

Willie Soon, an astrophysicist at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said far too few data were used to make predictions about both climate change and polar bear behavior and populations.

"We looked at historical studies. The first thing you notice is the whole climatic system undergoes huge fluctuation," Soon said.

Over the possibly 200,000 years the polar bear has existed as a species, it has survived "very harsh conditions" of extreme cold, such as ice ages, and warmth, such as the last interglacial period, 100,000 to 110,000 years ago, Soon said.
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In a note to Good Neighbor (3/10/08)  Dr. Soon had this to say about the article.
"Please share with Lyle Laverty and all the good neighbors ..."
"ps: I gave Oren Dorell extensive interview and share with him many data and evidence ---glad to see that the article is at least fair and open-minded on the issues and concerns."
 March 15, 2008 - Cheyenne, WY  Little America
9:00 am - 4:00 pm    GN Members $35 - Non-Members $40 -Walk in's $45  (Includes $15 lunch.) 
Students and press with I.D. and children under the age of 13 admitted for $15.00 cost of lunch.           
Contact   970-284-6874   or  register online:                  

Topic:   FOOD in the 21st Century
Learn how policies regarding endangered species, conservation easements, European Union, roadless, water and trade will impact your food supply and safety.Learn about your private property rights and become part of a network of "first responders" who address misinformation and provide facts regarding proposed and existing policy.

Joining Dr. Soon, will be moderator Kent Rutledge, Esq. and Featured speakers:

Mr. Lyle Laverty, DC - US Department of the Interior's Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks
Mr. Lawrence Kogan, Esq. -NJ Precautionary Principle, European Union, International Trade and more.     Dr. Corey Ciochhetti, CO - Suggestions on the Ethics and Essence of being a Good Neighbor.                      Mr. Jim Beers, VA - Everything you want to know about the Endangered Species Act.                             Harriet Hageman, CO - Connecting the dots from Spotted Owl to pine beetle, fire, roadless, and water.

Speaker briefs:

 Sharon Croghan, CO - NAFTA Superhighway, Colorado Super Slab.

Kimmi Clark Lewis, CO - Pinon Canyon vs US Army.

Cindy Schonholtz, CO - PRCA Animal Welfare - Horse Slaughter Ban and animal rights activists.

Ed Prosser, WY - How Conservation Easements work in Wyoming

Jim Keen, CO - Internationally known photographer and agriculture advocate.

Speakers will gather for panel discussion beginning at 4:00 pm.