With its Arctic habitat melting away, the polar bear was recently added to the list of threatened animals under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Environmental groups hoped this pronouncement could be effectively used to fight greenhouse gas-emitting industries, but the Department of the Interior ensured that this would not be the case. The ESA is not the right tool to set US climate policy. The news dismayed many environmental advocates who had hoped that the polar bear's plight would merit the greater protections afforded an "endangered" animal. After years of delay, the Bush administration was forced to face the reality that global warming has endangered the polar bear and that the polar bear needs to be placed on the Endangered Species Act.