No-win situation for whales in Alaska

No-win situation for whales in Alaska

In the Arctic Ocean of Alaska, whales are at the center of a political battle.  But this isn't the usual conservationists vs. big oil debate. What's really at stake here is the future of traditional whaling, and depending on who wins this week's elections for mayor, so is the future of the Arctic coast. According to this article in the Anchorage Daily News, whalers who want to keep their traditional way of life, fear that if the oil industry is allowed off-shore this will adversely affect whaling.  They fear that the noise and pollution will drive away the whales they hunt for subsistence. But it's not that simple, the economy of the region is reliant on the oil industry and it's only a matter of time for the off-shore drilling to go into effect.  The oil company is down-playing the effects of noise pollution and environmental pollution that it has on the whales, making it that much harder for the political leaders to make a desicion on the matter. This is a disheartening situation because the parties involved are only looking out for their own interest.    The only clear-cut losers are the whales.  They will continue to be hunted by the whalers if off-shore drillling is not approved (though that's very unlikely), and if drilling is allowed they wil be subjected to all sorts of threats.  My question is: Is anyone looking out for the whales?