What Sarah Palin’s Facebook Post About Her ‘Gluteous Maximus’ Says About Climate And Cold Weather

Sarah Palin took to Facebook again this weekend, posting about her youngest daughter’s graduation in the Alaskan snow:

One last blast of Alaska winter today, hopefully? This is what “Grad Blast” means in Alaska! We’ll move our graduation b-b-q indoors and watch the mini-blizzard from ’round the fireplace. (Global warming my gluteus maximus.)

When Palin was running for national office, she advocated capping carbon emissions and said man’s activities contribute to global warming. Over the last half decade, she has swung back to rejecting climate science and embracing carbon emissions:

Aug. 2008: Asked about global warming, said “I’m not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.”

Sep. 2008: Told Charlie Gibson: “I believe that man’s activities can certainly be contributing to the issue of global warming, climate change.”

Oct. 2008: Said during the vice presidential debate that she supported capping carbon emissions.

May 2009: Forced to cancel an appearance at White House Correspondents’ dinner because of a flooding disaster caused by an “unusually warm spring thaw in Alaska.”

Nov. 2009: Asked Rush Limbaugh, “Are we warming or are we cooling?”

Dec. 2009: Attacked climate scientists in a Washington Post op-ed, then said she would not debate Al Gore on climate change because “they don’t want to listen to the facts. They don’t want to listen to some reasonable voices in this.”

Feb. 2010: Asserted that climate science is “snake oil” and said “man-made global warming hysteria isn’t based on sound science.”

Apr. 2010: Dismissed “this snake oil science stuff that is based on this global warming, Gore-gate stuff

Jun. 2010: In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill, said “I chant, ‘drill, baby, drill,’ because it will help make the country energy independent.”

May 2011: At a motorcycle rally, exclaimed: “I love that smell of the emissions!”

Jan. 2012: In the middle of last winter, took to Facebook to ask, “What global warming?”.

Apr. 2012: Celebrated Earth Day by calling, yet again, to “drill, baby, drill.”

Palin is an entertainer now rather than a public servant and so her opinions alone do not merit much consideration. Yet her joking asides that cold weather means that climate change is not happening are representative of a larger skepticism and confusion about the link between climate and weather.

Essentially: climate is a trend, while weather is a data point. Lots of data points make up a trend. The trend thus far has been that of frankly shocking warming. In December, we saw the 333rd month in a row global temperatures exceeded the long-term average. Both the science and the evidence tell us that humans have a lot to do with this. Carbon emissions are rising — and recently hit the highest levels humans have ever seen.

But what about the fact that some parts of the U.S. have recently seen cold temperatures? In fact, it is entirely possible that the cold weather is partially driven by climate change.

The Arctic has recently been warming twice as fast as the rest of the Northern Hemisphere. Paired with melting sea ice, this can cause extreme weather “such as drought, flooding, cold spells, and heat waves.” Some studies suggest this causes a “blocking” weather pattern arises over somewhere like Greenland, which slows down the jet stream and alters weather patterns. This is what appears to be happening this spring.

The blocking pattern slowed down weather patterns and allowed them to tap into more cold air. This brings cold into the continental U.S., allowing the Arctic to warm dramatically.

Though some parts of the U.S. have been colder than, for instance, last year’s extremely warm spring, climate change makes itself apparent in unusual ways. In March, the bulk freighter “Federal Hunter” docked in Duluth, Minnesota. It was the earliest such arrival in the port’s history, as the St. Lawrence Seaway’s is usually frozen over that early in the season. This year, Duluth residents saw their first “saltie” before April 1.

17 Responses to What Sarah Palin’s Facebook Post About Her ‘Gluteous Maximus’ Says About Climate And Cold Weather

  1. Thanks Ron, but seriously — why should CP readers care what this idiot Palin thinks about anything — nevertheless an issue as complex as climate change?

  2. Jeff Huggins says:

    Can We Agree on This?

    Ummm … although I think it is helpful, periodically, perhaps, to keep in touch with what the more extreme and nonsensical folks on the “other side” are saying, I think we should start focusing a lot more on getting ourselves “politically prepared” in the following sense.

    Let’s start, right now, to seriously and forcefully pose these sorts of questions to Hilary Clinton (and to other would-be candidates on the Democratic side of the spectrum): “What would YOU do regarding Keystone XL if you were President Obama, or rather if you were president in his place today? Would you deny approval or approve it?” And, “What will you do regarding climate change if you are elected president in 2016? Be concrete and specific.” And, “What will you be doing, as a citizen and prominent political voice, and potential candidate, regarding climate change now and in the period between now and the election?”

    We should be asking those sorts of questions pointedly and persistently at each and every event where Ms. Clinton and/or any other serious would-be candidates appear. Starting now! Who do I mean by “we”? All the major environmental groups, all the climate movement groups (including and especially, and any other group or person concerned about climate change.

    Ryan, can we agree on that? Joe, do you agree?, how about you folks? I’m serious — and asking the question seriously, in hopes of an answer and, ideally, some agreement.

    We need to avoid finding ourselves in the next election in the same-old, same-old position of having to choose between “the lesser of two evils” and having to bend over and be happy with any candidate that the Democratic party happens to offer up, even if he/she is not serious about or adequate to the challenge of climate change. We need to let would-be candidates and the whole political establishment know, starting now, that we are serious this time and will not support any candidate who is not serious about climate change and concretely committed to addressing it.

    Please let me know your thoughts.



  3. SecularAnimist says:

    Please don’t waste your time or precious blog space on Sarah Palin. You might was well write about professional wrestling.

    As you say, she is an entertainer now — a low-brow, slapstick, clownish entertainer for stupid people. As a politician, she’s a has-been who never really was.

  4. Merrelyn Emery says:

    Now she’s an entertainer – I have always found her very entertaining, ME

  5. Brooks Bridges says:

    I sympathize and agree with your aim:

    “We should be asking those sorts of questions pointedly and persistently at each and every event where Ms. Clinton and/or any other serious would-be candidates appear.”

    But I myself have no idea how to break through the barriers surrounding candidates at any public appearance.

    Who would ask such questions? Joe or Bill M.? How could they get in a position to do the asking?

    I’d like to hear something more concrete – because, as always, the devil is in the details.

  6. Lore says:

    Sarah is so cool, you betcha!

  7. Pennsylvania Bob says:

    And again I urge you to ask the same “climate questions” of ALL candidates. Mayors have a way of becoming state reps, state reps have a way of getting elected to Congress. We must hold each and everyone of them accountable at each and every opportunity. Accept no weasel words! Yes, the national organizations should pin down Hillary and all others running for president on climate. On a more local level we all must get all other candidates on record on climate, and then support those who “get it” and promise to do something about it. There is no other way.

  8. Mike Roddy says:

    Sarah has always just been “the talent”, since there’s nothing going on upstairs. Eventually she will sink to her place in the universe, which could be the weather girl on Channel 7 in Butte, or running a talk show out of Channel 4 in Fairbanks.

    I wish she’d made it to the presidency. Her energy policies would be about the same as Obama’s, but at least we’d have some fun.

  9. Jeff Huggins says:

    Hi Brooks, thanks for your comment. Yes, let’s get concrete. For example: Representatives of the main national environmental organizations should ask these questions of the candidates and would-be candidates at every opportunity, and demand clear answers. And, when Bill McKibben or Joe or others appear on talk shows or news programs, they should look into the camera and ask, by name, the would-be candidate(s) these sorts of questions. In all ways, at every opportunity, we should (as one of our chief goals of political preparedness) ask would-be candidates and make sure they know that we won’t be satisfied, and won’t support a candidate unless he/she is clear, concrete, credible and compelling about climate change and what he/she’ll do to address it. And, we (the environmental and climate organizations and their leaders) should start early — now — to find key media voices who will pose better/clearer questions, persistently, to would-be candidates. A full court press! Some people might complain, “that’s hard”, “that’s impossible.” Well, if we don’t do this (and other stuff like it), we’ll end up having to choose again between the “lesser of two evils”, i.e., from candidates who are wishy-washy, uncommitted, and untested regarding climate change; and the candidates will end up taking us for granted. No more of that for me. If it is true that Hilary is the present favorite would-be candidate (of many Dems), then I want to know NOW what she would do about Keystone XL if she were president today, and I want to know NOW what she would do about climate change if she were to run for president and get elected in 2016. It is time to start asking these questions now, and to make sure that candidates from all sides understand that they won’t get away without answering them.

    Thanks again, Brooks.

  10. Now Mike,

    Don’t be insulting he weather girl on channel 7 in Butte. Everybody’s got to start somewhere, and everybody needs a job. And nobody should be compared to Sarah Palin — unless they bring it on themselves (Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin come to mind).

  11. You wouldn’t be so entertained if you lived here. There are, unfortunately, lots of people like her here — which is why she was so popular with a certain crowd — and they get boring quite quickly. The spend too much time paling around with errorists.

  12. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    When McCain nominated her, and began feigning senility, I suddenly realised that the fix was in, and that Obama was a cuckoo in the nest for the Bosses. And he has far outdone even my cynical forebodings.

  13. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    So, she thinks with her backside. I seem to remember the Apato/Brontosaurus, another dinosaur, having a brain in its bum, too.

  14. Merrelyn Emery says:

    Sorry Philip, I really do understand the very serious problem the USA has gotten itself into, of which SP and GWB are just symptoms. There are solutions but I know that only the most dreadful collapse now can catalyse them. Meanwhile, being an Aussie, all I can do is apply our cultural solution which is to make a joke about it, ME

  15. Robert in New Orleans says:

    Entertainer is too polite a term for this individual and very disrespectful to real entertainers.

    She is a media whore and nothing else.

  16. Ric Merritt says:

    It doesn’t help any to reproduce Palin’s post, with correct spelling, then misspell the 2-word quotation in your headline.

  17. Rabid Doomsayer says:

    You can be so cynical sometimes. But not wrong.

    It has gone down as you said it would.