Palin denies climate change realities on first day as McCain's running mate

Fri, 2008-08-29 11:06Kevin Grandia
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Palin denies climate change realities on first day as McCain's running mate

What are the ramifications of a US Vice President that is willing to shrug off the scientific realities of global warming? Guess we'll find out if John McCain takes the White House. In an interview with Newsmax today, McCain's vice-presidential running mate Sarah Palin stated that:
“A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I'm not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.

I guess Palin spends her time reviewing climate science as reported on Newsmax and other media outlets (read: Fox News) bent on ignoring and confusing the warnings from top scientists at the nation's most prestigious scientific academies, like NASA and the National Academy of Science.

As the National Academy of Science rightly points out, the link between greenhouse gas emissions and climate change is an age-old scientific finding dating back as far as the 1800's:

“The theoretical realization that human activities could have a global discernible effect on the atmosphere came during the 19th century, and the first conclusive measurements of atmospheric change were made during the last half of the 20th century.”
And the link between the massive upswing in heat-trapping greenhouse gas, human activity and major disruption to the earth's climate system in the 20th century is also a scientific reality. According to the National Academy of Science:
“The first greenhouse gas demonstrated to be increasing in atmospheric concentration was carbon dioxide, formed as a major end product in the extraction of energy from the burning of the fossil fuels–coal, oil, and natural gas–as well as in the burning of biomass.”

Palin's apparent ignorance on the contemporary science of climate change speaks to a much bigger issue about US science policy in general.

If Palin is willing to ignore such robust science concluding catastrophic effects on our climate systems due to our ever-growing over-consumption of fossil fuels like coal and oil, what other scientific realities will a McCain administration be willing to ignore at the behest of its second-in-command?

UPDATE: Here's one other scientific reality it looks like Palin will ignore, courtesy of Brandon Keim at Wired Science.

UPDATE #2: Greenpeace just sent out a comprehensive look at Palin's history on environmental issues (attached to the bottom of this post).

Hat tip to the Daily Green.

This entry was cross-posted on Huffington Post. 

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Anyone who is intelligent, honest and educated to interpret evidence objectively will not reject the concept of AGW.

When I think about how the agw case has been presented to the public, honest isn’t the word that springs to mind. It’s been put on center stage by hypocritical celebrities and others as a way of enriching themselves and it’s been adopted by hypocritical politicians and chanted into everyone’s brains by mindless media. Your AGW needs a better PR team.

Havn’t you been watching lately?

Makes sense.
Plenty of intelligent and highly educated people also honestly reject the concept of germ caused diseases – it is bad spirits, or hexes – the controversy exists.

Spike wrote:

“The Earth IS Flat!
And the Earth revolves around the Sun.”

Ironically, this was at one time the scientific “consensus” – a pointless notion, so cherished by the AGW hysteria-mongers of today. I guess the “deniers” (as you would call them) won that particular argument.

The same type of mind that embraces as an article of faith that human beings have catastrophically altered the weather (and also imagine we can change it BACK again, at will!), should have no trouble accepting that the Earth is, indeed, flat.

Perhaps you are right? Gaia is punishing us for having stolen fire from her?

“And smoking is good for you.”

This probably comes as a shock to you, but it actually is possible to believe that smoking is unhealthy, and that human-induced climate change is largely fantasy. I applaud your grasp of the obvious, however, Spike.

“And Bush is a great intellect”

OUCH! A George Bush zinger. Who would have expected that from an AGW cultist? Thanks for illustrating my point about Global Warming nonsense being the realm of tedious leftists, though, Spike.

As a side note, whatever your opinion of Mr. Bush’s intellect, it appears to have been sufficiently superior to that of both Al Gore (peace be upon him!), and John Kerry, otherwise one of them would have been elected President of the United States. Sorry, I know how much people like you hate to be reminded of that.

“And God hates gays”

What, exactly, do you have against gays, Spike, to prompt such an ugly homophobic statement? I realise you “progressives” seem to be deeply bitter and conflicted people, but that really crosses the line. You need help.

“it actually is possible to believe that smoking is unhealthy, and that human-induced climate change is largely fantasy.”

Well said, ks! Even though I’m a staunch libertarian who voted Republican at every election – except when Gore was a candidate – and who makes it a point to waste energy, kill polar bears, and dump junk into rivers, I still think that global warming is a very real and very serious problem that deserves our immediate attention! This “us vs. them” mindset must go – what our country needs is not a Divider, but a Decider.

“What, exactly, do you have against gays, Spike, to prompt such an ugly homophobic statement?”

Please be more open-minded, ks! Again, as a staunch libertarian who voted Republican almost every time, I must agree with Spike that the Politically Correct Leftist Orthodoxy has been trying to shout down good, ordinary folk who think that God Hates Fags. Also, my dad was a POW.

bi468 [sock] wrote:

“Well said, ks! Even though I’m a staunch libertarian who voted Republican at every election – except when Gore was a candidate”

I highly doubt you’ve ever voted for the Republicans. And in my experience there are two types of people who call themselves “libertarian” – a small number who actually are libertarians, and the vast majority who don’t understand the concept, and imagine being a libertarian involves nothing more than not paying taxes and smoking as much weed as you want. If you are a libertarian, as you claim, and judging from your incoherent web page, I’d pick the former variety. Particularly when it comes to smoking pot. A lot of it.

And since you are probably in too much of a marijuana induced stupor to notice, Al Gore (peace be upon him) was never a Republican candidate.

“Please be more open-minded, ks! Again, as a staunch libertarian who voted Republican almost every time,”

Now why would a self-described “staunch libertarian” vote for the current Republican administration? If anything, Mr. Bush’s policies have proven to be far more liberal than libertarian. However, your statement is consistent with that of a chronic dope-smoker. Or an idiot.

I won’t bother to address the rest of your obnoxious comment, since it only serves to further confirm the fact that you are a jabbering troll.

The Earth IS Flat!
And the Earth revolves around the Sun.
And smoking is good for you.
And Bush is a great intellect
And God hates gays

and Global Warming is caused by Man’s contrubution of a harmless trace gass that is mostly plant food.

tinyurl.com/5f22f7

Actually, Sock, I don’t know any denieralists who think that the AGW religion is a conspiracy. We understand that most of you are too brain-dead to conspire.

Too bad that global warming finished up about 10 years ago and stopped protecting us from these awful hurricanes :)

yeah I’m just bored

That, again… http://www.desmogblog.com/palin-denies-climate-change-realities-on-first-day-as-mccains-running-mate#comment-501824

If Palin had experienced a decent non-religious education, then she could not present the views that she does.

There are lots of bad things about religious education and this is one of them! Religion is indoctrination and indoctrination has no place in school.

Aardvark wrote:

“There are lots of bad things about religious education and this is one of them! Religion is indoctrination and indoctrination has no place in school.”

Except, of course, when it comes to forcing kids to watch “An Inconvenient Truth”, a film made not by a scientist, but by a divinity school drop-out.

(Trivia: Did you know Josef Stalin was also a divinity school drop-out? Strange but true.)

Are people aware just how odd Alaska’s state economy is? And how totally oil-dependent?

Alaska neither has a state sales tax nor an income tax, and gives a dividend check to each citizen every year (~$1000).

http://www.city-data.com/states/Alaska-Taxation.html :
50% of state revenues come from oil payments.

In addition, at least as of 2001, AK got more from the Federal government than it contributed, i.e., some of the rest of us subsidize AK. it’s not completely obvious why we do that…

http://www.bcnys.org/whatsnew/2001/1211balance.htm

It must be fun to run a state where the government sends checks to the people…
but there are very few governments at any level in the US that work that way…

Evolution = the greatest lie ever told
Global Warming = the second greatest lie ever told

People struggling to label things they cant understand….

and afraid to admit it. Admitting it is the first step….

No one gets thru life without faith, whether you admit it or not. Might as well realize that faith is the answer.

Anyone think we cannot affect the atmosphere of earth, just remind them of the hole in the ozone layer…

… it’s still there…

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