Polar bears to die from harmless trace gas and hail of hot lead, but mostly hail of hot lead

Richard Branson and Bo Derek have teamed up to save Canada’s polar bears from global warming:

Beauty Bo Derek and billionaire Richard Branson have joined forces to save Canada’s polar bear population from extinction. But the job won’t get done unless individuals harness their power to bring about change, according to actress Derek. …”Right now there’s such a debate on climate change — who is responsible, the science of it. There’s a lot of work to be done and I realize that. But in the meantime we must save polar bears and sharks,” Derek said.

If Bo really wanted to save polar bears, she’d quit worrying about a harmless trace gas and concentrate her efforts on pesky Chinese hunters:
CHINA’S thrill-seeking nouveau riche are being offered a $75,000 trip hunting down endangered polar bears. The hefty price tag for the 10-day expedition across the polar ice pack in Canada includes the services of a taxidermist, who turns the trophy specimens into rugs for the hunters’ living rooms.
Harking back to an era when the immediate response to a sighting of an endangered species was to bag it for posterity before heading back to the tent for a gin & tonic and damned good mustache waxing, the owner of the Beijing-based I Love Hunting Club said:
“If you believe the ice caps are melting as some claim, these bears are going to die anyway, so you may as well hunt them.”

Global warming probably isn’t much of a problem for Ursus Maritimus, but the incoming hail of Chinese lead is going to leave a mark.

17 thoughts on “Polar bears to die from harmless trace gas and hail of hot lead, but mostly hail of hot lead”

  1. What is the position of the Canuck Gummit on Chinese hordes invading sovereign territory?

    1. @Grumpy: As far as I know, Inuit hunters can kill a given number of polar bears annually up to about 500 per season. My best guess is the Chinese hunt club teamed up with local Inuits to take advantage of their quota, otherwise the hunt would be likely be illegal.

  2. What is the position of the Canuck Gummit on Chinese hordes invading sovereign territory?

    1. @Grumpy: As far as I know, Inuit hunters can kill a given number of polar bears annually up to about 500 per season. My best guess is the Chinese hunt club teamed up with local Inuits to take advantage of their quota, otherwise the hunt would be likely be illegal.

  3. I like it, Chinese thrill-seekers get to kill as part of a cull, and the inuit tribes make a killing the easy way.

  4. I like it, Chinese thrill-seekers get to kill as part of a cull, and the inuit tribes make a killing the easy way.

    1. @Tara: Ads are served by Google, I have no control over what you see when you view pages. But it is funny that solar ads help keep the site running. Who knew that Big Green supported evil skeptics?

  5. The $75 grand is not unusual. The Inuit have a fixed number of tickets for polar bear hunting that are designed to be sold to non-Canadians with big bucks for local hunters to guide them. I’ve been to Sachs Harbour, Banks Island and been taken around by one such guide. The hunt is part of their livelihood.

    The problem is that Greenpeace, Bo and Dick think that there is a polar bear shortage while there is not. I’ve also been to Churchill, where the polar bears (the Hudson Bay groups) hang out while waiting for the winter to come on sufficiently for their purposes (they don’t wait for the Churchill River to freeze over because polar bears can’t swim. They wait because when the river is frozen over, the hunting and travelling conditions for the rest of their trip are good. The river freezing is like their alarm clock going off to tell them it is time to leave.). At Churchill the celebs are told the polar bears are on their way to extinction, but that is marketing, not reality. The locals will tell you that there are more polar bears now than there have been since the 40s. In the 40s American soldiers set up a nuclear attack warming station (DEW line) at Churchill and shot all the bears that wandered onto, into and near the base. Only locals in fear of their lives do so now.

    Polar bears are said to be thinner, lighter than they used to be due to less ice and access to seals, their primary food source. This is said to reduce their survival rate and that of cubs. There are no stats to show this reduction in numbers to be true. It is all conjecture and “modelling”, i.e. hand calculator work with “what if” assumptions. The Inuit and Churchill Indian groups deny that the polar bear is disappearing from the landscape. But as a Greenpeace image and a promotional tool of Coke, the polar bear is useful.

    Celebrities are emotional creatures, children with money. They are applauded for wearing their hearts on their sleeves even if, as the tabloids show, they are as foolish as junior high adolescents. Bo and Dick, despite their money and fame, are no closer to reality than David Suzuki and his wife who, DS has stated, sometimes hold each other in bed and weep for the environment.

    Indigenous people are loved the world over for their “connection” to the land, their understanding of the ebb and flow of nature. Except when they disagree with the profiterring, environmental ideologue. Then the Bos and Dicks of the fashion pages need to set them straight.

  6. Tara: “Quite funny that your site has solar power ads on it. Ironic no?”

    When you grow up dear and read Economics For Dummies,well not so funny!

  7. From the Bo Derek link:
    “Approximately two-thirds of the world’s polar bears live in Canada and are divided into 13 subpopulations.

    The animals have been disappearing at a rate of 10 per cent per decade since 1979, according to satellite images.”

    How does that reconcile with:
    http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/190805/20110802/polar-bear-global-warming-extinction-climate-change-research-world-wide-fund-wwf-geological-survey-s.htm

    “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that the polar bear population is currently at 20,000 to 25,000 bears, up from as low as 5,000-10,000 bears in the 1950s and 1960s. A 2002 U.S. Geological Survey of wildlife in the Arctic Refuge Coastal Plain noted that the polar bear populations ‘may now be near historic highs,'”

  8. You’ve just reminded me of a good friend of mine.

    Due to his long hair he was mistaken for a hippy when hired by a company handling e-waste. I guess they must have thought he was an eco nut like them.

    Well, he’s the opposite. The only Heavy heavy heavy things he likes is big guns and heavy metal. That was 7 years ago and they’re still trying to find a way to get rid of him.

    He has heaps of fun with the hippies with conversations like the following”

    Him: “You hippies need to do a better job protecting the environment, you’re not doing a good enough job”
    Hippie: “We do what we can….”
    Him: “You need to do a better job. last weekend I walked for almost a whole day before finding something I could shoot and kill. Almost a WHOLE DAY! You guys need to lift your game because otherwise I run the risk of going hunting and not finding anything to shoot at!”

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