The Obama administration has decided to set aside 187,000 square miles in Alaska as a "critical habitat" for the polar bears.
It has been said that this designation would help lessen the threats to the polar bears.
While this plan has set aside a good amount of area for the polar bears and would definitely help to protect the species, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell and the state's oil and gas industry had complained that the preliminary plan was too large and underestimated the economic impact.
They are worried that this protective habitat will add restrictions to future offshore drilling for oil and gas.
The polar bears have been listed as "threatened," and are very likely to become endangered due to a dramatic loss of sea ice and climate change.
Setting aside this "critical habitat" would help the polar bears have more sea ice that is protected and can not be diminished.
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