Yesterday marked the beginning of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SLRC) 2010, which bills itself as “the most prominent Republican event outside of the Republican National Convention.” During her speech today, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin slammed environmentalism and said she feels vindicated in her global warming denialist views because of the “Climategate” smear campaign that she referred to as “Gore-gate”:
PALIN: We should create a competitive climate for investment in renewables and alternatives, none of this snake oil science stuff that is based on this global warming, Gore-gate stuff that came down where there was revelation that the scientists, some of these scientists were playing political games. I sued the Feds over this, I sued the Feds over this as Governor for some bogus listing on the ESA, just about got run out of town by the environmentalists. But now we feel a little bit vindicated because we’re realizing through Gore-gate that there was some snake oil science involved over the data collection there … We invented the Internet, unless that was just another Gore-gate thing too.
The “revelation” of leaked e-mails at the University of East Anglia that Palin is referring to certainly do not debunk global warming. An investigation by the British government’s House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee found “no evidence to support charges that the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit or its director, Phil Jones, had tampered with data or perverted the peer review process to exaggerate the threat of global warming.” “What is it about Mr. Gore that drives right-wingers insane?” Paul Krugman has asked. “For the truth Mr. Gore has been telling about how human activities are changing the climate isn’t just inconvenient. For conservatives, it’s deeply threatening.”