Palin denies climate change realities on first day as McCain's running mate

Palin denies climate change realities on first day as McCain's running mate
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What are the ramifications of a US Vice President that is willing to shrug off the scientific realities of global warming? Guess we’ll find out if John McCain takes the White House. In an interview with Newsmax today, McCain’s vice-presidential running mate Sarah Palin stated that:

“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.

I guess Palin spends her time reviewing climate science as reported on Newsmax and other media outlets (read: Fox News) bent on ignoring and confusing the warnings from top scientists at the nation’s most prestigious scientific academies, like NASA and the National Academy of Science.

As the National Academy of Science rightly points out, the link between greenhouse gas emissions and climate change is an age-old scientific finding dating back as far as the 1800’s:

“The theoretical realization that human activities could have a global discernible effect on the atmosphere came during the 19th century, and the first conclusive measurements of atmospheric change were made during the last half of the 20th century.”

And the link between the massive upswing in heat-trapping greenhouse gas, human activity and major disruption to the earth’s climate system in the 20th century is also a scientific reality. According to the National Academy of Science:

“The first greenhouse gas demonstrated to be increasing in atmospheric concentration was carbon dioxide, formed as a major end product in the extraction of energy from the burning of the fossil fuels–coal, oil, and natural gas–as well as in the burning of biomass.”

Palin’s apparent ignorance on the contemporary science of climate change speaks to a much bigger issue about US science policy in general.

If Palin is willing to ignore such robust science concluding catastrophic effects on our climate systems due to our ever-growing over-consumption of fossil fuels like coal and oil, what other scientific realities will a McCain administration be willing to ignore at the behest of its second-in-command?

UPDATE: Here’s one other scientific reality it looks like Palin will ignore, courtesy of Brandon Keim at Wired Science.

UPDATE #2: Greenpeace just sent out a comprehensive look at Palin’s history on environmental issues (attached to the bottom of this post).

Hat tip to the Daily Green.

This entry was cross-posted on Huffington Post. 

Palin denies climate change realities on first day as McCain's running mate

Kevin is a contributor and strategic adviser to DeSmogBlog.

He runs the digital marketing agency Spake Media House. Named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Tweeters” on climate change and environment issues, Kevin has appeared in major news media outlets around the world for his work on digital campaigning.

Kevin has been involved in the public policy arena in both the United States and Canada for more than a decade. For five years he was the managing editor of DeSmogBlog.com. In this role, Kevin’s research into the “climate denial industry” and the right-wing think tank networks was featured in news media articles around the world. He is most well known for his ground-breaking research into David and Charles Koch’s massive financial investments in the Republican and tea party networks.

Kevin is the first person to be designated a “Certified Expert” on the political and community organizing platform NationBuilder.

Prior to DeSmogBlog, Kevin worked in various political and government roles. He was Senior Advisor to the Minister of State for Multiculturalism and a Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Asia Pacific, Foreign Affairs for the Government of Canada. Kevin also worked in various roles in the British Columbia provincial government in the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Health.

In 2008 Kevin co-founded a groundbreaking new online election tool called Vote for Environment which was later nominated for a World Summit Award in recognition of the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications.

Kevin moved to Washington, DC in 2010 where he worked for two years as the Director of Online Strategy for Greenpeace USA and has since returned to his hometown of Vancouver, Canada.

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