Governor Palin wrote an editorial decrying the junk science that underpins the global warming and climate change theories advanced by the Obama administration and hard leftists like Al Gore. The article was published for the December 9, 2009 edition of the Washington Post; however, it is online one day early.
Governor Palin begins by discussing a series of emails from a British climate research center which describes “appalling actions by between so-called climate experts” (Palin, 2009, Â¶1).
She delineates how climate-gate will not affect weather patterns, but will wreak terrible havoc on an already weak economy (Palin, 2009, Â¶2).
Paragraph three is particularly salient and warrants reproduction in its entirety:
The e-mails reveal that leading climate “experts” deliberately destroyed records, manipulated data to “hide the decline” in global temperatures, and tried to silence their critics by preventing them from publishing in peer-reviewed journals. What’s more, the documents show that there was no real consensus even within the CRU crowd. Some scientists had strong doubts about the accuracy of estimates of temperatures from centuries ago, estimates used to back claims that more recent temperatures are rising at an alarming rate (Palin, 2009, Â¶3).
The American public — in fact the public of all the world’s advanced nations — have been sold the Brooklyn Bridge on climate change.
“I’ve always believed that policy should be based on sound science, not politics,” Governor Palin said (Palin, 2009, Â¶4). She describes how her administration sued the federal government over including the healthy polar bear species on the endangered list. This listing would have precluded responsible development and harmed her state’s economy (Palin, 2009, Â¶4).
Governor Palin does not deny changes in climate. She developed a sub-cabinet to handle the issue with common-sense policies (Palin, 2009, Â¶5).
It is the proposed emission reduction policies that are particularly onerous. Their byproducts are: cap and tax, skyrocketing energy costs, job losses, and a more damaged economy. “And as public opposition continues to stall Congress’s cap-and-tax legislation, Environmental Protection Agency bureaucrats plan to regulate carbon emissions themselves, doing an end run around the American people” (Palin, 2009, Â¶6).
Governor Palin outlined the miserable failure of cap-and-tax in other countries in which it was either proposed or enacted (Palin, 2009, Â¶7). She summarized all the foregoing points and once again called on Obama to boycott the Copenhagen proceedings (Palin, 2009, Â¶8-9).
Governor Palin displays pure Reagan Conservatism in her writing of the article, as well as simple common sense. That science should be advanced via the Scientific Method — not political agendas — is a point that should be obvious and not require any belaboring. As with her communications on December 7, Governor Palin once again demonstrates and exercises Presidential Leadership, bolstered by her subject matter expertise on energy generation, production, transmission, and distribution.