President Bush took heat from environmentalists for deciding not to take global warming into account when managing endangered species, but the Obama administration is keeping the rule in place. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said last week that global warming is a problem for polar bears but that "the Endangered Species Act is not the appropriate tool for us to deal with what is a global issue." The act was intended to protect animals from close-by threats, such as hunting, but environmentalists have argued that the act also should be used to help protect endangered species from larger threats.
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