Any deal at the Copenhagen climate summit will be more about politics than science. President Obama should stay away.
Sarah Palin, 9 December 2009
In his inaugural address, President Obama declared his intention to “restore science to its rightful place.” But instead of staying home from Copenhagen and sending a message that the United States will not be a party to fraudulent scientific practices, the president has upped the ante. He plans to fly in at the climax of the conference in hopes of sealing a “deal.” Whatever deal he gets, it will be no deal for the American people. What Obama really hopes to bring home from Copenhagen is more pressure to pass the Democrats' cap-and-tax proposal. This is a political move. The last thing America needs is misguided legislation that will raise taxes and cost jobs — particularly when the push for such legislation rests on agenda-driven science.
A CNN poll released Monday say that only 45 percent of Americans believe that global warming caused by humans is caused by human activity, down from 56 percent two years ago. Mainstream physicists at Princeton University are telling CBSNews.com that the science has become politicized. And Republican senator James Inhofe, a skeptic of the man-made warming theory, told CNN this week that the Democratic cap and trade bill was dead.
Palin, who was in Montana on Tuesday signing copies of her bestselling book Going Rogue, does not question the occurence of global warming, saying, in fact, she created a sub-Cabinet post to help address its problems such as permafrost melting and coastline erosion.
Then, she adds: “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.
“We can say, however, that any potential benefits of proposed emissions reduction policies are far outweighed by their economic costs. And those costs are real.”
Phi Beta Iota: The above matters in part because Sarah Palin is evidently considering a third party Independent run for the White House in 2012. See
Phi Beta Iota: HOWEVER, the Republicans have a terrible record, worse than that of the Democrats, when it comes to a war on science, so she will have to be Independent if she is seriously interested in leading an informed campaign to restore the Republic, the Constitution, and the rule of law in which the People are Sovereign.
See Review: The Republican War on Science and the other three books cited in that review.