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Sarah Palin to Rush Limbaugh: “Are we warming or are we cooling?”

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Okay, we knew that Sarah “Four Pinocchios” Palin is one of those anti-scientific idealogues, having said back in August 2008, “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.”  And then in a September 2008 CBS interview, she jumped the shark polar bear entirely, saying, “I’m not going to solely blame all of man’s activities on changes in climate.” Seriously.  As this Think Progress repost shows, Palin’s thinking hasn’t really evolved, so to speak….

Yesterday, former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) reminded radio host Rush Limbaugh that she doesn’t believe in man-made global warming. Palin, on a nationwide tour to promote her new book, Going Rogue, questioned the “snake oil science involved” and complained about the “shady science right now.” Palin said that she thinks any changes are “in a lot of respects, cyclical“:

It’s kind of tough to figure out with the shady science right now, what are we supposed to be doing right now with our climate. Are we warming or are we cooling? I don’t think Americans are even told anymore if it’s global warming or just climate change. And I don’t attribute all the changes to man’s activities. I think that this is, in a lot of respects, cyclical and the earth does cool and it warms.

Palin, of course, lives in the state that is at the epicenter of man-made global warming. Global warming has caused Alaska’s average temperature to rise by 3.4°F, causing once-frozen land to collapse, glaciers to disappear, outbreaks of beetles and wildfires to spread, and forcing Todd Palin’s Iron Dog race to move hundreds of miles north. And yes, the science is clear that it’s because of all the fossil fuels Palin loves to “tap into.”

Update: At EnviroKnow, Josh Nelson asks, “Will the GOP nominate a climate change denier in 2012?”
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10 Responses to Sarah Palin to Rush Limbaugh: “Are we warming or are we cooling?”

  1. Rush gets the ball rolling by referring to solar and wind as “all these nefarious things that don’t produce anything yet”… sigh…

  2. mauri pelto says:

    I always wondered how I could become a snake oil salesman, and now I hear I am certified as one, after all this work tracking the retreat of Alaskan glaciers. http://www.nichols.edu/departments/Glacier/juneau%20icefield.htm
    And wasting my time diligently measuring and reporting on glacier mass balance. I can make my fortune selling snake oil instead from all this experience. http://www.nichols.edu/departments/Glacier/mb.htm

  3. Phil Eisner says:

    The Sarah Palin affair is another sign of our decay from the greatest nation to a mediocre one. Some day (and too close for comfort) someone will write The Decline And Fall Of The American Empire. Our politics is collapsing, our various infrastructures are collapsing, our economy is collapsing, our K-12 education is barely hanging on, our public can hardly read, write, or calculate, and now we have a #@%*** running for president!!

  4. Roger says:

    Sad to say, what Phil said.

    Wake up fellow Americans, this ain’t just some kind of social club we’ve got for a country here. There are real lives at stake (not to mention economic prosperity)–all based on making the right choices for our energy future, and, of course, our leaders.

    Palin might be good for (brief) fun cocktail conversation, but not for leading an area any more populous that Alaska, if that!

  5. rmullins says:

    OMG!!! The embarrassment for the State of Alaska suffered by most citizens is humerous if it were not so serious. Is our republic going to survive these times???? It seems the country is split on this question.

    A Long Time Alaska resident.

  6. Nobody says:

    To Phil’s point – we have already started writing it. We have identified the eventual collapse of our species and are documenting it in real-time. Quite ironic. At this pace, we probably have 150 to 200 good years left on Earth, maybe? We will die off and hundreds of thousands of years from now, probably millions, when earth’s ecosystem has corrected itself and reached a state of equilibrium, a new advanced species will arise. As they dig through the remains of our species, they will uncover fragments of our world (books, tools, houses, buildings, cars, roads, bridges, etc), all of which will tell our sad tale. Should be fun times.

  7. Bill P says:

    This nefarious Palin Person (she is no longer a governor, she quit halfway through her term and abandoned the people of her state to pursue media fame and fortune) said only one correct thing in the entire audio clip… at the end where she intoned that “it’s all political.” Well, she should know, since she and her party have been the ones who politicized the science in the most extreme fashion I have ever seen in my 60 years.

    This woman couldn’t have even been elected dog catcher in the America of 30 years ago. She makes Dan Quail look like a Rhodes Scholar and a Nobel-winning scientist. How pitiful a nation we have become… where we give a clown like this any serious attention at all, much less our dollars and our votes.

    How is it that none of the league of reporters and critics talking about her new book, GOING ROGUE, has mentioned that the dictionary defines a rouge as “a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel”.

  8. Lazar the token conservative says:

    Gloriana my side are absolute idiots. Seriously, if you don’t know anything (Palin), don’t say anything.

  9. Bill R says:

    I winced as I pressed “play”. Remember… this is a person that John McCain offered up as “the top energy authority in the country”…. he really said something like that. ACK!