Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What Sarah worry?

Citizen Sarah Palin last week
But while we recognize the occurrence of these natural, cyclical environmental trends, we can't say with assurance that man's activities cause weather changes.
Gov. Sarah Palin in 2008
Alaska’s climate is warming. While there have been warming and cooling trends before, climatologists tell us that the current rate of warming is unprecedented within the time of human civilization. Many experts predict that Alaska, along with our northern latitude neighbors, will warm at a faster pace than any other areas, and the warming will continue for decades.
Citizen Sarah Palin discussing Climate-gate and the alarmist conclusions among "so-called" experts
With the publication of damaging e-mails from a climate research center in Britain, the radical environmental movement appears to face a tipping point. The revelation of appalling actions by so-called climate change experts allows the American public to finally understand the concerns so many of us have articulated on this issue...

...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.
Gov. Palin alarmingly in 2008
Although many of our coastal and river communities have flooded in the past, they have become more vulnerable as permafrost and shore ice that once protected their shores has been lost to warming temperatures...

Approximately 6,600 miles of Alaska’s coastline and many of the low-lying areas along the state’s rivers are subject to severe flooding and erosion...

Flooding and erosion affect 184 out of 213, or 86 percent, of Alaska Native
villages to some extent.
Citizen Palin criticizing unilateral measures
Unlike the proposals China and India offered prior to Copenhagen -- which actually allow them to increase their emissions -- President Obama's proposal calls for serious cuts in our own long-term carbon emissions.
Gov. Palin proposing unilateral measures
The Sub-Cabinet will also be making recommendations to me on how Alaskans can save energy and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. One of our workgroups, called “Government Leads by Example” will be looking at ways federal, state and local governments can save the taxpayers money while reducing government’s carbon footprint.
Eugene Robinson writes more about Sarah then and now, but you get the idea.