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Published on August 29th, 2008 | by Joshua S Hill

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Why Palin is a Bad Choice for the Environment

Palin1 It’s being described as a “bold, maverick pick,” and has shocked many political pundits. Senator John McCain has chosen Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential candidate on the Republican ticket for the 08 election.

But this bold move may just very well be a bad move for the environment she might end up overseeing if McSame McCain and Palin win the election in November.

Quoted as saying that “I’m not one though who would attribute it [global warming] to being man-made,” Sarah Palin, 44, has made a habit of pitting herself against environmental safety. This comes as a surprise, as she actually disagrees with McCain on several things, such as anthropogenic global warming.

Earlier this month, I wrote about Alaska’s attempt to sue Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, after he listed the polar bear as an endangered species. This move was led by Governor Sarah Palin, who said that “We believe that the Service’s decision to list the polar bear was not based on the best scientific and commercial data available.”

Palin’s position against the polar bear is not hard to explain, considering her desire for Alaska to be turned in to a giant petrol station for the rest of the US. The listing of the polar bear on the Endangered Species Act is going to force decisions about drilling for oil and gas in Alaska to be put on hold, or cancelled altogether.

That leads us to her view that drilling for oil is very much the answer. When informed that some politicians believe that drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is not the answer, Palin answered thus;

I beg to disagree with any candidate who would say we can’t drill our way out of our problem or that more supply won’t ultimately affect prices. Of course it will affect prices.

Without out-and-out saying that she is in the pocket of the oil industry, it is hard to understand how any right-thinking individual can take the stance that Palin has and expect others to ignore the obvious. Any oil that is removed from Alaska – no matter how small or large – is only going to postpone the inevitable. And if we’re ignoring the likelihood that fossil fuels are the cause of many of the planets problems, then at least think about what we should be doing for those further down the track.

Ask yourself this question. Does Sarah Palin believe that the polar bear should not have been listed as endangered because it is not based “on the best scientific and commercial data available,” or because it gets in her way of drilling in Alaska?

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I'm a Christian, a nerd, a geek, a liberal left-winger, and believe that we're pretty quickly directing planet-Earth into hell in a handbasket! I work as Associate Editor for the Important Media Network and write for CleanTechnica and Planetsave. I also write for Fantasy Book Review (.co.uk), Amazing Stories, the Stabley Times and Medium.   I love words with a passion, both creating them and reading them.



  • http://noconsensus.wordpress.com Jeff Id

    Man made global warming science is full of flaws which have been well published. The IPCC is the #1 government organization pushing the concept that man has caused global warming. This organization directs policy to a vast global network of government agencies in every country. The IPCC was formed in 1988 before the false scientific "consensus" existed. Their mandate was to identify and create solutions to man made climate change.

    Without an issue to promote, they would cease to exist as an influential organization. So within 2 years they had concluded that we needed to stop production of CO2 gas. Like the big evil oil companies environmentalists like to blame and want to see closed, the government agencies definitely have a horse in this race.

    For more information go here -http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/environment/anthropogenic-global-warming/

    Read about the IPCC and why the argument has become so corrupted by bad science.

  • George

    I read the other day that the polar ice cap was shrinking in size down to the previous minimum coverage recorded in the mid 1970's. That would suggest that since the mid 1970s the ice cap grew in size during what I would suspect would have produced more global warming.

    I keep thinking there is more impact on the global warming and cooling related to solar output than to human impact.

    So confusing.

  • Gigi

    Say it ain't so, Joe!

  • Terry

    I think she is a good choice. Keep obama out!

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  • Marcia

    You asked "Does Sarah Palin believe that the polar bear should not have been listed as endangered because it is not based “on the best scientific and commercial data available,” or because it gets in her way of drilling in Alaska?"

    I think it's because the hunting lobby, which she is a big part of, is concerned about Polar Bears being on the endangered species list. Shooting Polar Bears is big hunting business, and she loves her hunts and her fur!

  • http://rocketwriter.wordpress.com/ The Rocketeer

    I couldn't be more thrilled with a Palin VP. HA! She going to make it easier for the Obama/Biden ticket. She's no Hillary Clinton, that's for sure. She shares none of the qualities or views that interest Hillary Dems, so I doubt many women will move to the Republican side on a simple gender issue. She's highly inexperienced, even more so than Barack… She doesn't balance the McCain ticket.. she buries it.

    Between her views on creationism, hunting, and drilling for oil, the only people that will like her are those that would vote for McCain anyway. It's my personal opinion that she is simply a shill for Big Oil.

    That being said, the rest of us still need to work like mad to get Obama elected in November. To give our country to these two (not to mention the Republican machine that supports them) would be a horrible waste of the next four years.

  • Sarah Lovinger

    Plus she is not really even sure of the number of kids to whom she has given birth.

    Trig Palin: Who's your real mommy–Sarah or Bristol?

  • Casey

    I think she is a bitch and 2 faced. What a crappy decision. I am now voting Democrat.

  • http://Yahoo Mandy

    The reason McCain chose Palin was because no male was stupid enough to run with him. Nobody running for president in the 2012 elections would ever want his/her name connected with Bush, Cheney, McCain, or Palin. Poor McCain…all his "friends" are running for cover!

  • http://www.ohioenvironmentallawblog.com Joe Koncelik

    I think her position on environmental issues is more complicated then the simple "anti-environment" label you assign to her. I did a recent post on her position on climate change. In researching the post, I discovered her administration has been very active in formulating strategy and policy to deal with the issue. Her strategy reflects the fact Alaska is at the leading edge of climate change. As an example, the Army Corps of Engineers has said there are over 100 villages in danger of serious erosion which is attirbuted, in part, to climate change. Please be more balanced in discussing her record.

  • symone

    haha i like what Mandy said but anyways. I have a gut feeling about this women and all odds in my perceptive are against this women. She stands there and says how she is the better choice for the country because she has experience.Look at all the other presidents and vise presidents before this that didn't have any experience.

    They did just fine for the most part. Another key point she had is that Obama was never in any military position.so fucking what maybe thats a good thing that he hasn't had the influence. I haven't been in the military but i can tell from whats what. you don't have to experience something to understand the basic facts of it.

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  • GinGin

    Palin is a power and money hungry woman. She is willing to ignore the needs of our environment for her own gain. If we continue to ignore our environment for our own gain we will eventually completely destroy the earth. When will people start thinking beyond themselves? If we systematically destroy our environment how will we survive? The whole doesn't work right without all the parts. Each part is just as important as the other to keep the whole working right. We need to find sustainable energy sources that aren't going to destroy the world in the process. Palin is just more of the same old crap that keeps us in a downward spiral.

  • Tamera

    Sarah Palin needs to really take a Native American history class. Her allowing hunting wolves is a disgrace. They are sacred animals. Kill something you can eat not just use the hide for show. If farmers are having problems with there livestock then they should be allowed to shoot from there property noone else and should make a report to the wildlife officals within 24 hours.

    It seems to me all she cares about is money and not anything else. Yes, we need oil but there other ways to get oil and everyone knows that.

    As for the health bill, illegal immigrants shouldn't receive any care. It's not there country and were not there responsibility. This is probly how most of the health bill cost has occurred.

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