Conservatives unconcerned about Palin and McCain’s ‘cognitive dissonance’ on climate change.

During a Politico panel discussion this morning on the “Risks and Rewards” of Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, ThinkProgress asked the panelists if there was “cognitive dissonance” between McCain’s belief in global warming and Palin’s denial that it’s “man-made.” Neither Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) nor Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) thought it was an issue, instead choosing to talk about Palin and McCain’s agreement on drilling. “I think most people generally agree that climate change is happening,” said Miller. “There’s probably more of the the nuance of how much of it — how much is the human race is responsible.” Watch it:

Yesterday, former New York governor George Pataki said that he was “not concerned” about Palin’s skepticism because she is an “energy expert.” He also chose to talk more about drilling instead of climate change when asked about McCain and Palin’s differences.



CORLEY: My name is Matt Corley, I’m also from the Center for American Progress. Sen. McCain has made one of the central parts of his campaign and his political persona that he believes that climate change is real and that it has to be addressed and I’m curious if you think that there is a cognitive dissonance between his position and Gov. Palin’s position on climate change. She’s said she’s not sure that its man-made and I’m curious how you think that would work out between them as a governing coalition and just how the issue would place between them having such a divide between them.

REP. CANDICE MILLER (R-MI): I think in regards to climate change. I think most people generally agree that climate change is happening. There’s probably more of the the nuance of how much of it — how much is the human race is responsible. There’s clearly something happening with the weather patterns, etc. I do think its of note, that Sen. McCain because of energy prices has changed his stance on the Outer Continental Shelf, I think that is to his advantage. In fact, talking about Colorado, that’s what’s happened with the Senate races there, which was about a 12 point spread and its now even up just because of the energy issue. Because Udall has been opposed to drilling.

REP. KEVIN MCCARTHY (R-CA): So I’m hoping that Sarah Palin can recommend to the senator, get him to change his mind if it’s possible about drilling in the ANWR. Quite frankly I think we’re crazy not to be advantaging ourselves of our own domestic energy supplies. But I think on the climate change issue I think McCain’s — the things that he’s said and his record on that has been very good. I don’t think environmentalists should be afraid of a McCain presidency. On the other hand I think you will find that his standard will be reasonable which is really where most people are at.

And if your question is how do you have a VP and a presidential candidate who has differences. I mean you’ve got Biden who’s said he would have been glad to run with McCain and that Barack Obama is inexperienced. So, I mean you’re going to have the differences as you go forward, and the one thing I see that Candice has been talking about. John McCain has been very open about where the world is today and where do you have to go forward.