Defenders reported in April:
"The experts agree – the science to list the Cook Inlet Beluga is clear,” said Bob Shavelson of Cook Inletkeeper. “But the oil industry and their friends in the Bush & Palin Administrations prefer to blur the science to meet their political needs. The system of checks and balances is badly broken.”Palin has made oil projects her priority and worked to delayed the listing of beluga whales as an endangered species. But environmental groups have fought back, filing a lawsuit against the Bush Administration.
Photo: shows an enthusiastic new Alaskan volunteer for the Obama campaign