Crackpot Left Claims Oil Drilling Is Killing Polar Bear Cubs

They just won’t stop.
First they said global warming was killing the adult polar bears.
They were falling from the sky.

But, that didn’t work.
So, they said global warming was forcing polar bears to eat car parts.

But, that didn’t work.
So, now they want you to believe global warming and oil drilling is killing polar bear cubs.
The Caller reported:

The Sierra Club wants you to join them. Why? To save the polar bears from oil and natural gas drilling in the Arctic, of course — despite booming bear populations and little to no evidence that polar bears are killed by drilling activities.

“For a mother polar bear and her cubs, the ice is already melting around them. The last thing they need to contend with is an oil spill,” Michael Brune, the Club’s executive director, wrote in a recruiting email. “But, that’s what they will have to contend with. We’re days away from decisions on two enormous drilling leases that could make oil drilling in the Arctic a reality.”

The Obama administration recently announced it would hold lease sales in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve. Brune argues that “when you drill for oil, at some point it inevitably spills.” His warning on oil spills hurting defenseless polar bear cubs is followed up by a plea to join the Sierra Club (for a nominal fee, of course) to lobby against Arctic drilling.

But Brune seems to be arguing against the evidence. Polar bear populations are higher than forty years ago and there’s little to no evidence of polar bears being impacted at all by Arctic oil spills despite billions of barrels of oil being produced in the region.

The truth is that oil drilling has had no effect on polar bear populations.
Polar bear numbers in Canada have increased in 11 of 13 regions in recent years.

Polar bear encounters on the North Slope oil fields have risen to record levels the last two years.
There are 5 times as many polar bears today as there were 50 years ago:

So, no… drilling is not affecting polar bear populations.

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