Friday, 12 September 2008

Govenor Sarah Palin on Global Warming

Much has been made of Gov Palin, the new poster woman for the USA republicans. And as the democrats and others have attacked her, particularly her family, she has become a sort of victim, and has gained sympathy. Republicans are also claiming Sen Obama was wrong to say what he did about 'lipstick on a pig', it doesn't sound very nice to me, but where was the outcry when Sen McCain used the same phrase?

When the republicans were looking at rough waters, they steadied their ship by getting a fundamentalist that their core vote are happier with than McCain. This says that they were nervous of McCain, but it has played well in the media for a couple of weeks. But what sort of choice does this represent for their candidate, someone who could be a heartbeat away from the presidency?

Well firstly as a creationist she shows a lack of understanding of science. Does this bode well for one of the most powerful people on the planet? How is she on climate change I wonder. She is also very keen on drilling for oil in USA waters, as are most republicans judging by their behavior at their conference last week, when they chanted 'drill baby drill'. Now with reserves shrinking, extracting them faster can only be a short term solution, they will run out faster and damage their environment more quickly.

As governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has proposed paying a $150 bounty for the foreleg of each dead wolf. The aerial hunting program she champions has already killed nearly 800 wolves. She’s opposed efforts to save America’s polar bears from extinction. She’s fought against efforts to save some of the world’s most endangered beluga whales. At nearly every opportunity, Governor Palin has sided with Big Oil, mining companies, wealthy trophy hunters and other entrenched special interests in support of policies that would greatly harm the wild animals we treasure.

In the past Palin has said she does not believe global warming is caused by human activity. She has told the Internet news site Newsmax, "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."In an interview with a Fairbanks newspaper within the last year, Palin said: "I'm not an Al Gore, doom-and-gloom environmentalist blaming the changes in our climate on human activity." Worse than Bush? Actually its a bit like Clinton, because she then got caught.

When asked "Do you still believe that global warming is not manmade?" she replied, "I believe that man's activities certainly can be contributing to the issue of global warming, climate change. ... 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 down on pollution."

"But isn't it critical as to whether or not it's manmade?" Gibson persisted. "Because what you do about it depends on whether it's manmade."

"That's why I'm attributing some of those activities to potentially causing some of the changes in the climate right now," Palin responded.

"Show me where I have ever said that there's absolute proof that nothing that man has ever conducted or engaged in has had any effect -- or no effect -- on climate change," challenged Palin. "I have not said that. I have said that my belief is that there is a cyclical nature of our planet." Perhaps a bit of climate change is all part of the plan, like evolution, intelligent design anyone?

See for a horrible film clip showing animails being hunted. has an interview with her.

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