Sarah Palin: From Climate Change Denier To Long-Winded Skeptic

Fri, 2008-09-12 16:42Page van der Linden
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Sarah Palin: From Climate Change Denier To Long-Winded Skeptic

In last night's interview with ABC's Charlie Gibson, Sarah Palin, shall we say, “bent the truth” regarding her stance on climate change. Jake Tapper has the scoop :

“Let me talk to you a bit about environmental policy, because this interfaces with energy policy, and you have some significant differences with John McCain,” ABC News' Charles Gibson said in his conversation with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. “Do you still believe that global warming is not man-made?”

Palin fumbles, and launches into a long-winded answer, in which she said:

I believe that man's activities certainly can be contributing to the issue of global warming, climate change,” Palin said. “Here in Alaska, the only arctic state in our union, of course, we see the effects of climate change more so than any other area, with ice pack melting. Regardless, though, of the reason for climate change – whether it's entirely wholly caused by man's activities or is part of the cyclical nature of our planet – the warming and the cooling trends – regardless of that, John McCain and I agree that we got to do something about it and we have to make sure that we're doing all we can to cut back on pollution.”

If she'd been hooked up to a polygraph, that answer would have short-circuited the device.

There's more:

Said Gibson: “But it's a critical point as to whether this is man-made. [John McCain] says it is. You have said in the past it's not.”

“The debate on that even, really, has evolved into, 'OK, here's where we are now,'” Palin said. “'Scientists do show us that there are changes in climate. Things are getting warmer. Now what do we do about it?' John McCain and I are going to be working on what we do.”

Gibson rephrases the question, and Palin answers:

show me where I've said there's absolute proof that nothing that man has ever conducted or engaged in has had any effect or no effect on climate change. I have not said that. I have said that my belief is there is a cyclical nature of our planet — warming trends, cooling trends — I'm not going to argue scientists, because I believe in science and have such a great respect for what they are telling us. I'm not going to disagree with the point that they make that man's activities can be attributed to changes.”

Um, no.

Tapper found several statements by Palin regarding global warming.

From the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, in December 2007:

I'm not an Al Gore, doom-and-gloom environmentalist, blaming the changes in our climate on human activity, but I'm not going to put my head in the sand and pretend there aren't changes.

Newsmax quotes her on August 28, 2008. She said:

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.

She's quite good at bending the truth to suit her situation. The whole interview was a litany of McCain campaign talking points.

It looks like she's a quick study .

Previous Comments

What the hell is a “pseudo-religion”?

And why don’t you talk about Palin, instead of insisting that everyone talk about something else whatever the current topic is?

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Sure. She’s one hellova hot chick! Got my vote!

I said I want Palin for Prime Minister.
Does that not state my opinion of her well enough?

And I am not insisting anyone talk about anything.
I simply posted an interesting bit of inforamtion to show that Palin is in good company.

Don’t read it if it upsets you so. It was not meant for you anyway.

“I said I want Palin for Prime Minister.”

Oh, so that’s your “discussion”? The end?

“Don’t read it if it upsets you so.”

Oh, the irony.

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Ours is called Hilary Benn. I suppose Sammy might be part of the Northern Ireland Assembly

That’s one serious reliable source, Gary! Well done. Bravo!

Except that the UK Secretary for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs is Hillary Benn; you know, the same guy who announced a $767 billion green investment to bring the UK into a low-carbon future last March.

And the UK is in worse shape than the US economicaly. They annouced last week they are in resession. And the imposed carbon taxation is playing a big part in that. Many companies are leaving to go to tax free countries. That’s what will happen here under the Liberal plan.

I doubt that the UK is in worse shape than the US. A depression is worse than a recession; and the dimwitted rightwingers running the US government bear much of the blame for it.

Actually, just today a UK study showed that while only 12 percent of major British companies were working with the government-sponsored Carbon Trust to change the way they did business, those businesses had cut their energy bills by $2 billion, and reduced their emissions by 17 million tons.

And most of those companies are expanding their efforts, and working to cut energy use even further, since they received an excellent return on their investment.

“And the UK is in worse shape than the US economicaly.”

Of course we are. How are the US banks doing by the way?

And to asnwer the question:
A Pseudo-Religion is a sort of Religion with no roots in facts of any kind.

I think that is what the British Environment Minister meant.

By that standard, Christians will claim that the religion of the classical Greeks was a pseudo-religion, while Bahá’í would consider Catholicism a pseudo-religion, and atheists would consider them all psuedo-religion. (In the case of Christianity, for instance, there is no evidence for a historical Jesus outside of the Bible that stands up to scrutiny – ergo, would you consider it a pseudo-religion?)

Meanwhile, that same standard would hold Pastafarianism (which accepts and bases its worldview on scientific principles, albiet with an undetectable moderator) or faith in Russel’s Teapot / the Invisible Pink Unicorn (which are founded on the principles of logic) would not be pseudo-religions.

Pretty much par for your course in the thought-it-through department, Gary.

I agree. We should raise AGW to full Religion status.

I was just guessing at what the British minister may have meant.
I consider them all pseudo myself. AGW included.

Sarah’s IN, Al Gore is out.

Sarah’s IN, Obama’s OUT.

Sarah’s IN, Biden, Biden who? LOL

Gore needs to be harpooned.

GO SARAH!

Sarah’s right – climate CHANGE has been happening for eons.

Thank goodness for someone with COMMON SENSE for a change who isn’t trying to rape us for our last dollars to pad Al Gore’s pockets.

OBAMA = 144 lies and counting..

# 144 Obama claims McCain is opposed to abortion in cases of rape or incest; McCain has never held that position.
# 143 Obama accuses McCain of making an ad about Obama’s vote to approve leaving babies who survive abortion procedures to die; he’s lying as McCain did not make the ad
# 142 Obama’s ad on abortion claims BHO always supported medical care to protect infants; text of the Bill he supported shows he wanted babies born alive after abortions to be left to die
# 141 Obama’s ad on abortion uses quotes by journalists who made negative comments about a McCain ad; but Obama is misleading because both journalists have been proven to be incorrect
# 140 Obama’s lying when he says McCain’s ad misstated BHO’s Sex Ed for Kindergartners Bill: McCain’s ad was accurate; here’s the Sex Ed Bill text
# 139 Obama and Biden both truncate McCain’s comments on the strength of the economy’s fundamentals: deliberate distortion
# 138 Biden claims McCain tried to hurt our veterans by denying them educational benefits; NewsWeek confirms Biden is lying
# 137 Obama claims under McCain, Elderly would have had Social Security tied up in the Stock market; Newsweek cries BS
# 136 Obama claims his opponent will cut social security in half: NOT true; Obama guilty of scare-mongering aimed at Seniors
# 135 Biden claims McCain wouldn’t help small borrowers hurt by housing crisis; this is untrue according to Newsweek
# 134 Obama claimed during the primary he had more Ex President Clinton Foreign Policy advisers than Sen. Clinton; she had 70% more
# 133 Obama claimed his father served in World War 2: his Kenyan-born father never served
# 132 Obama grossly misquoted Sen.Clinton about her vote on a banking bill; BHO used the false quote to show why voters don’t trust Government
# 131 Obama claimed employers are more likely to be struck by lightning than be prosecuted for employing illegals; Gov stats prove he’s lying
# 130 Pushing his Green agenda Obama claimed Japanese Car average 45 mpg fuel efficiency; its actually around 29 mph
# 129 Obama disparaged the President saying he hadn’t met with auto makers until the sixth year of his presidency; GWB met automakers in April 2003
# 128 Obama disparaged the efficiency of our healthcare system saying the U.S. spends twice per capita than other countries: WaPo proves he’s lying
# 127 Obama claims President Clinton’s Labor Secretary said BHO’s healthcare plan, “Does more than anybody to reduce costs”; Robert Reich did NOT say it
# 126 Obama falsely claimed he won the Michigan Democrat primary: he was not on the ballot
# 125 Obama’s Spanish language ad lies about McCain’s position on immigration; tries to stir race-war: lies debunked by ABC
# 124 Obama lies about his interference in Iraqi negotiations; but his campaign admits his treachery
# 123 Obama took credit for the economic stimulus package passed in Feb 08; BHO’s colleagues on Capitol Hill cry BS
# 122 Obama claims Big Oil is ignoring 68 million acres of oil fields they could be drilling; most fields are being worked
# 121 Obama claims never questions his opponent’s patriotism; asks of McCain “WHICH country first?”: ABC says he’s questioning McCain’s patriotism
# 120 Obama claims personal savings rates are lowest since the Great Depression; currently higher than under President Clinton
# 119 Obama claims on this video that he doesn’t switch positions; list of 31 flip flops show he’s lying
# 118 In the Primaries Obama puffed his resume claiming he was a “Professor”; State Senate bio shows he was not ; he now agrees
# 117 When Obama ran for US Senate his web site claimed “5 years as a community organizer”; he admits it was only 3 years
# 116 Obama’s attack ad in Michigan claims McCain doesn’t support loan guarantees for auto-industry. McCain DOES support them
# 115 Obama says “if we’re STILL in recession when he takes office…etc”; the economy is NOT in recession
# 114 Obama claims he signed up for Selective Service when he graduated from High School; records show he did NOT until he’d been at college 1 year
# 113 Attacking Palin, Obama has the audacity to claim,”Words mean something; you can’t just make things up “; BHO makes stuff up
# 112 Biden claims McCain will increase taxes for workers & Obama will only increase taxes on those making $435k: he’s lying
# 111 Biden claims Obama drew the Nation’s attention to problems at Walter Reed Army Hospital; it was two WaPo reporters that reported the issues to the Nation
# 110 to make Obama seems more American/less exotic, Biden tells Scranton crowd Obama grew up in Kansas; BHO grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia
# 109 Obama lies yet again to disparage Gov. Palin; ignores her executive experience as Governor of Alaska
# 108 Obama says the US economy has failed under Bush; World Bank stats proves Obama’s been lying; US a world leader in growth, employment, incomes
# 107 Obama claims if you are born into poverty in America you are on your own: there are many government programs
# 106 Obama claims he’s bi-partisan: voting records prove Obama is #11 most partisan
# 105 Claimed Hillary would be on anyone’s short-list; Hillary wasn’t on Obama’s short-list
# 104 Obama claims abortion rates have not gone down under the Bush Administration; stats show they have gone down
# 103 Obama dismissed Bomber Bill Ayers as “some guy who lives in the neighborhood”;they had a close working relationship
# 102 Obama claims there’s no charge to attend his acceptance speech: CBS 4 in Denver proves he’s lying; some tickets cost $1000
# 101 Obama used being a first-time-buyer to justify consulting with Rezko before he bought his house; BHO had already purchased a residence
# 100 Obama lies about his support for infanticide; campaign concedes in 03 he opposed a bill stopping the killing of kids born alive after abortions
# 99 Obama overstates Oil Industry’s contributions to McCain; ignores cash the Oil industry gave BHO; Newsweek debunks
# 98 To belittle America,Obama exaggerated the growth in Debt under the current Administration; debunked by WaPo
# 97 Obama claims President George W Bush had not left the country before he became President; WaPo confirms he’s lying
# 96 To promote “green”, Obama claimed he drove a vehicle that uses ethanol; GM confirmed the model was NOT ethanol-ready
# 95 Obama claims he’s taking his family for a week’s rest in Hawaii with no campaigning; schedules a rally for first day
# 94: Obama claims “properly inflating tires” will save as much energy as we could drill offshore; analysis shows not even close
# 93 Obama denies accusing McCain of using race against him; ABC, NYT confirm Obama did accuse McCain of making racial attacks
# 92 Obama claims he’s not being political when he’s flip-flopping; timing & direction of major flip-flops show he’s lying
# 91: Obama INVENTS a wall between Christians and Jews; deceptively omits the major religious wall is caused by a “fatwah” to kill American Christians and Jews
# 90 Obama claims he made a substantive call for Germany to help in Iraq; Berlin speech transcript proves he’s lying
# 89: Obama admits he underestimated the decline in violence from the Surge; falsely claims McCain made same mistake
# 88 Obama turned a disappointing crowd of 20,000 into media reports of 200,000
# 87 Obama lied about his father’s religious upbringing! half-brother confirms Obama’s father was “RAISED Muslim”
# 86 Obama claimed we only made one fundraising trip to Florida during the Primary; Florida papers proved he lied
# 85 Claims reducing obesity to 80’s levels would save Medicaid ONE TRILLION DOLLARS; not even close
# 84 To make Iraq/Afghan Wars look bad, Obama claimed demands on Nat Guard personnel hurt flood relief; Guards prove lying
# 83 Claimed due to overseas commitments, too few helecopters were available to help with Midwest flood relief; now concedes not true
# 82 Starting in Iowa, Obama claimed Clinton’s healthcare plan would “punish families that couldn’t afford healthcare”; NYT calls BS
# 81 Obama claims McCain’s tax plan will do nothing to help the middle-class: The Tax Policy Center proves he’s lying
# 80 claims the use of an Email with a big red DONATE button is NOT a fundraising solicitation
# 79 Obama claims his trip to Europe was non-political: uses video of Berlin speech to raise money within hours
# 78 Tells NBC that during the debate on the Surge he said the Surge would work in Baghdad; video proves during the debate he said the opposite
# 77 Obama’s “Changing World” ad claims he’ll fast-track alternatives to oil to stop us buying from hostile nations; “fast track” is totally misleading
# 76 Obama tells Israeli media that he’s a member of the Senate Banking Committee; CNN confirms he’s delusional
# 75 Obama claims Lou Dobbs caused hate crimes against Latinos to double; the FBI and CNN confirm Obama is lying
# 74 Obama claims the military brass think like he does; top US commanders say his plan for Iraq is unworkable
# 73: Obama promised to filibust FISA; later Obama voted for FISA and now denies changing his position
# 72 Obama belittles Americans claiming we can’t speak European languages; he’s talking merde; mierda; Scheiße
# 71 Obama denied he accused President Bush of starting the War for political reasons; Russert transcript proves Obama made that false claim
# 70 Obama claims there has been substantial job losses from NAFTA; Independent studies show its at least” job neutral”
# 69 Claimed in Feb 08 he got 90% of funds from donors giving $25, $50; fed filings show he got only about a third from donors below $200
# 68 Obama rewrites history about what specifically he had said during his October 2002 anti-war speech
# 67 Obama claimed in 04 that he had never supported bringing troops out of Iraq; rare video of 03 Teamsters rally shows he’s lying
# 66 Obama lied about the softness of the Stock Market to support his false claim the War was being used to distract the public
# 65 To justify move to private funds, Obama claims McCain’s campaign is” fuelled” by PACs and Lobbyists; its less than 2% of McCain’s money
# 64 Obama’s “Dignity” ad claims he “worked his way” thru college and law school; campaign admits only two summer jobs
# 63 Obama’s “Dignity” ad gives him credit for reducing Welfare rolls by 80%: he’s deceptive as he was opposed to Fed Welfare Reform in ‘96
# 62 In Obama’s The Country I love ad, he takes credit for passing a healthcare bill he did NOT vote for
# 61 Claims he first ran in Chicago as an unendorsed candidate; his ‘96 election questionnaire proves he had several
# 60 Obama claims he wants a vigorous and open debate on the issues: then goes out of his way to avoid it
# 59 Obama omits key details about a false rumor re video of Michelle’s “whitey” rant to justify breaking his public funding promise
# 58 Obama tries to deceive about why he voted “present” more than 100 times in the Illinois Senate; Chicago paper reveals the truth
# 57 Trying to claim patriotism Obama says his grandad signed up the day after Pearl Harbor; army records disagree
# 56 Claims race and party not important to how people vote as they put America first; 93% block vote disproves
# 55 On June 5, Obama stated that Israel must remain undivided; June 6 on CNN he reversed his position, but denied he had done so
# 54 To further his own agenda, Obama grossly overstates the number of potential African-American votes in MS, GA, SC
# 53 Promise of $2500 reduction in Healthcare premiums needs billions in Admin cost savings by 2012: not possible
# 52 Obama omits to mention his 3 week trip to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan until it slips out trying to out-do Clinton
# 51 Obama claims McCain wants to wage a lengthy war in Iraq: Video proves Obama’s lying
# 50 Obama claimed he never prayed in a mosque; his campaign had to retract that statement
# 49 Obama dishonestly used endorsements in ads to pump up his healthcare plan
# 48 Claims he never discussed politics with Pastor; rebutted by photo of Obama with team of lobbyists led by Wright
# 47 Obama, an expert at parsing words, claimed he wasn’t familiar with the word “Clintonian”; then changed his story
# 46 Despite reeking of cigarettes, Obama denied smoking to ABC; now admits smoking on MSNBC
# 45 Obama said he’d meet unconditionally with Leader of Iran: now claims he “didn’t have Ahmadinejad in mind”
# 44 Obama claims he is using public financing to avoid special interests: WSJ nails his switcheroo
# 43 Obama’s rhetoric claims more young black men in jail than college: BoJ Stats disprove
# 42 Claims he never said he was a proponent of single-payer universal healthcare; Video proves he did
# 41 Obama claims remarks to industrialists were greeted with silence, shows he can deliver tough message: video of ovation
# 40 Obamas claim you dont rip opponents & leave on roadside:he did to Alice Palmer
# 39 Obama denies saying Indiana could be tie-breaker: he did
# 38 Obama omits that Pastor Wright led divestiture campaign from Israel
# 37 Obama claims Church not controversial; he knew it was controversial since 86
# 36 Lied about intention of taking US out of NAFTA
# 35 Obamas claim poverty growing up: both distort reality
# 34 Obama denies meeting Saddam’s Auchi; sworn Fed. witness places Obama at undisclosed party for Auchi at Rezkos
# 33 Obama lies about not attacking Clinton over her Bosnia lies
# 32 Obama claims he passed ethics reform; ABC News shows he lied
# 31 Obama says he’s consistently opposed NAFTA; in October 2007 he supported expansion to Peru
# 30 Obama claims he’s above dirty political tricks; Clinton proves he lies
# 29 Obama claims his “bitter” remarks were mangled; then repeats attacks on guns religion and angry people
# 28 Obama claims never said he wouldn’t wear US flag-pin; video shows he did
# 27 Obama says he did no favors for Rezko;untrue; he lobbied for him
# 26 Changes story repeatedly re Rezko’s help in buying mansion
# 25 Obama claims he never supported a ban on handguns; he has twice
# 24 Obama claims stays at UCC as Pastor acknowledged comments were inappropriate; Wright never made this statement
# 23 Campaign is beholden to “only the people” as unlike McCain/Clinton he does not take lobbyist /PAC money; LIES!
# 22 Claims campaign never called Canada to say Obama not truthful re wanting leave NAFTA; smoking gun memo proves lied
# 21 Mrs Obama admits she’s never been proud of America; Video disproves Sen. Obama’s later claim she was misquoted
# 20 Claimed would not run for President, as he would not be qualified by 2008: confirmed 3 times to Tim Russert in one 2006 interview
# 19 Claims famous in Il. for not letting lobbyists even buy him lunch; took from teachers, trial lawyers, hospital admins
# 18 Claims his parents met at Selma civil rights march; Washington Post noted it occurred 4 yrs after Obama’s birth
# 17 BO claims courageously opposed war in 2002 during US Senate campaign; He did not announce his senate bid until 2003
# 16 Claims he passes tough Nuclear Law; NYT uncovers he took Nuclear Industry pay-off and watered down the bill
# 15 Claimed he didn’t know Rezko was corrupt when did a real estate deal with him; Chicago papers prove he lied
# 14 Claims does not accept money from Big Oil: Real Clear Politics proves he lied
# 13 Denies using his Hopefund PAC to influence endorsers; but the Washington Post reviewed the record and disagreed
# 12 Claims his State Chair is not a drug company lobbyist; Time magazine cries Bullshit
# 11 Lies about how much he received in campaign funds from Rezko; forced to significantly increase the amount twice
# 10 Claims he did not fill out the 1996 candidate questionaire; Politico proves he lied
# 9 Took credit for achievement of others in Chicago; resume puffing exposed by LA Times
# 8 Claims he kept no State Senate records; now he changes his story
# 7 Denies doubling wife’s salary was due to becoming US Senator; omits within months he earmarked $1 million for hospital
# 6 Denied meeting Saddam bagman Auchi; now admits he was at his dinner but does not remember talking to him
# 5 Denies using his church for politics: IRS disagree
# 4 Claims he was unaware of Pastor Wrights 911 comments: NYT proves he lied
# 3 Claims his father was a goat-herd; actually he was a man of privilige
# 2 Claims not an active muslim as child; Indonesian paper proves he lied
# 1 Claims father linked to Kennedys; Washington Post proves he lied

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