London, Sep 14: Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's environmental credentials have been attacked in an online computer game called PolarPalin.
Players of the game have to help a polar bear navigate its way across Alaska to blow up oil wells, all the while avoiding the State's Governor Palin. The game features Palin in her campaign tank. "This game is funny, but it has a very serious message," the Telegraph quoted said Sadia Chishti, managing director of T-Enterprise, the Scottish company behind the game, as saying.
"The US recently classified the Alaskan polar bear as a threatened species. It is predicted that the population of bears could be reduced by two-thirds by the year 2050.
"Yet the state of Alaska, led by Sarah Palin, is going to sue the government to reverse the decision. They are worried it will hold back oil and gas developments," she added.
Those playing the game, available at www.t-enterprise.co.uk/polarpalin, are urged to "help the polar bears fight back by using dynamite to blow up the oil wells".
"We believe (Mrs Palin's views) show an appalling lack of judgement from someone who wants to be the second most powerful person on the planet, and we believe more people should be talking about it," said Sadia.
Palin has courted controversy with her stance on the environment by questioning the causes of climate change in a recent interview.
Time magazine also reports that she has in the past opposed increased protection for beluga whales in the waters around Alaska, and has supported gas pipelines and drilling initiatives in the region.