A U.S. District Judge has rejected a Sarah Palin-backed attempt to challenge the polar bear’s “threatened” designation under the Endangered Species Act.
In 2008, the federal government placed the polar bear on the threatened species list due to rapidly-declining Arctic sea ice, which is widely attributed to climate change.
Then-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin—who is a climate science denier—sued the federal government, arguing that the new designation would harm oil and gas development.
This week, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan rejected the challenge, concluding “that global warming is threatening the survival of the polar bear.”
The polar bear will remain listed as “threatened.”