Palinism of the Day: Climate Change

>> Sunday, December 14, 2008

Lie #3: Climate Change

In a 2007 interview with the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Sarah Palin stated that:

“I’m not an Al Gore, doom-and-gloom environmentalist blaming the changes in our climate on human activity.”
and in an interview with Newsmax done prior to becoming (yet published on the web the day she became) a Vice Presidential nominee:
“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.”
Yet in her interview with Charlie Gibson of ABC this year, Palin stated:
“man’s activities certainly can be contributing to the issue of global warming, climate change. ... Regardless, though, of the reason for climate change, whether it’s entirely, wholly caused by man’s activities or is part of the cyclical nature of our planet — the warming and the cooling trends — regardless of that, John McCain and I agree that we gotta do something about it.”
and
GIBSON: But I, color me a cynic, but I hear a little bit of change in your policy there. When you say, yes, now you're beginning to say it is man-made. It sounds to me like you're adapting your position to Sen. McCain's.

PALIN: I think you are a cynic because show me where I have ever said that there's absolute proof that nothing that man has ever conducted or engaged in has had any affect, or no affect, on climate change.
ABC News called her out on the discrepancy in her previously stated views in their post-Gibson interview fact check. Who knows the reason for the "change" in her views. Perhaps it was the result of the McCain campaign's coaching. But whether it is or not, she shouldn't have dismissed her previous statements as never existing because that IS a lie.

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