The leaders of the science and anti-science wings of the Republican party are bickering like an old (unhappily) married couple.
This summer, Newt Gingrich said Sarah “Four Pinocchios” Palin is a conservative leader on energy issues. First, Sarah “Four Pinocchios” Palin — a conservative leader on energy issues according to Newt Gingrich — embraced the anti-science view of human-caused global warming (again) in a falsehood-filled Washington Post op-ed by Sarah Palin. Governor Schwarzenegger then dissed Palin, as Think Progress reported on Tuesday:
One of the biggest critics of efforts to curb climate change is former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who recently called global warming “bogus.” In a wide-ranging interview with The Financial Times, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger objected to Palin’s characterization of global warming, and suggested that she is playing politics:
The California governor has become an environmental standard bearer for the Republican party, which is split on the merits of curbing emissions. Sarah Palin, John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election, has attacked cap and trade and questioned any link between man-made emissions and global warming.
“You have to ask: what was she trying to accomplish? “ said Mr Schwarzenegger. “Is she really interested in this subject or is she interested in her career and in winning the [Republican] nomination [for president]? You have to take all these things with a grain of salt.”
As Eugene Robinson points out in his Washington Post column today, Palin wasn’t always so deeply in denial about climate change. In 2007, she signed an administrative order that created a sub-cabinet to investigate ways to deal with climate change. “Climate change is not just an environmental issue,” the Alaskan governor wrote at the time. “It is also a social, cultural, and economic issue important to all Alaskans.”
Later that day, Palin responded on her Facebook wall because, I suppose, it’s easier dealing with a wall than a real journalist:
Why is Governor Schwarzenegger pushing for the same sorts of policies in Copenhagen that have helped drive his state into record deficits and unemployment? Perhaps he will recall that I live in our nation’s only Arctic state and that I was among the first governors to create a sub-cabinet to deal specifically with climate change. While I and all Alaskans witness the impacts of changes in weather patterns firsthand, I have repeatedly said that we can’t primarily blame man’s activities for those changes. And while I did look for practical responses to those changes, what I didn’t do was hamstring Alaska’s job creators with burdensome regulations so that I could act “greener than thou” when talking to reporters.
– Sarah Palin
Can this marriage of science/clean energy and anti-science/dirty energy be saved? It’s not looking good:
- Honey, I shrunk the GOP, Part 1: Conservatives vow to purge all members who support clean energy or science-based policy
- Honey, I shrunk the GOP, Part 2: Opposing clean energy hurts GOP “” Mellman
- Honey, I shrunk the GOP, Part 3: RNC Chair Steele withdraws support for Rep. Kirk over his vote on climate and clean energy bill
- Honey, I shrunk the GOP, Part 4: Moderate GOP candidate yields to angry conservative. Gingrich says if this keeps up, “we’ll make Pelosi speaker for life and guarantee Obama’s re-election.”