Palin, said Siegel, was "spouting the discredited theories of the climate deniers" to support her arguments. Siegel's group has filed to intervene in the Alaska suit to defend the administration's listing.
"Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are committed to making sure the environment for polar bears will be preserved," said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, policy director for the McCain-Palin campaign. Both politicians, however, are concerned that the listing uses the Endangered Species Act to address climate change. The two believe that the law "was never intended for that purpose," Holtz-Eakin said.