Any self-respecting parent has heard Rafi’s Baby Beluga about 1,000 times or more. Apparently, Sarah Palin’s kids must’ve gone more toward the Wiggles or Christian kids music. Otherwise, how to explain her opposition to saving the Alaskan baby belugas, which are so endangered that the federal government just listed them as an officially endangered species. It’s just another nail in the coffin of the McCain-Palin campaign. A campaign so tone deaf it thinks killing off Baby Beluga isn’t such a bad idea after all. Tell it to the millions of kids brought up on that song.
The Times article notes that every major politician in the state opposes the federal listing. You know, I can understand a concern with business development preventing you from seeing the environmental forest for the trees…but isn’t anyone other than the blasted bleeding heart local environmentalists concerned about preserving Alaska’s natural bounty? Doesn’t that count for anything?
Not only is Alaska’s environment a legacy for its inhabitants, it’s an important tourist attraction, tourism being no small portion of the state’s economy.