Palin is an ignorant global warming denier
[Update: 10.05.08] – this post makes the point far better than I:
Sarah Palin puts polar bears on thin ice
Governor Palin’s response to the debate question on global warming revealed two things that should disqualify her from any high political office.
First, she basically said that understanding the cause of a problem is irrelevant to fixing the problem.
Second, she denied that current global warming is caused by man made emissions.
These Palin statements were not minor gaffes, off the cuff remarks, or “gotcha journalism”. Instead, they were the result of extensive debate preparation. As such, they are far worse than the Katie Couric interviews.
They reflect a deeply ignorant and non-rational mind – which is shocking and should cause real “conservatives” to challenge McCain’s judgement in selecting her.(or they could reflect the fact that she knows exactly what’s going on and is merely lying for political effect).
Here’s the text and link: (boldface is mine)
IFILL: Governor, I’m happy to talk to you in this next section about energy issues. Let’s talk about climate change. What is true and what is false about what we have heard, read, discussed, debated about the causes of climate change?
PALIN: Yes. Well, as the nation’s only Arctic state and being the governor of that state, Alaska feels and sees impacts of climate change more so than any other state. And we know that it’s real.
I’m not one to attribute every man — activity of man to the changes in the climate. There is something to be said also for man’s activities, but also for the cyclical temperature changes on our planet.
But there are real changes going on in our climate. And I don’t want to argue about the causes. What I want to argue about is, how are we going to get there to positively affect the impacts?