Friday, December 4, 2009

OMG! Did you totally see Sarah's factless new Facebook tirade?

Did you hear? Sarah Palin's up with a new Facebook post attacking global warming science. (Because even backward science denierism is hip and cool when it's done on Facebook!)

Her attack, sandwiched between posts on the topic of the President's citizenship and on the numerous ethics complaints filed against her in Alaska, launches an ad-hominem assault on "dogmatic environmentalists" and an "environmental priesthood" in light of recent news that hackers broke into the personal e-mails of British climate scientists (by the by, she describes the stolen e-mails as having been "leaked"*). With her post, Palin joins the long line of science-denying pundits and special interest attack dogs who cherry-picked from among the thousands of personal messages between scientists single words and phrases which they say "prove" a vast, far-reaching conspiracy among the world's leading climate scientists to fool us all.

Among the more savory morsels in Palin's diatribe:
I’ve never denied the reality of climate change.
Except for the numerous times during the 2008 campaign when she said that man-made carbon emissions weren't impacting the climate.

Policy should be based on sound science, not snake oil. I took a stand against such snake oil science when I sued the federal government over its decision to list the polar bear as an endangered species despite the fact that the polar bear population has increased.
Setting aside the fact that those populations aren't increasing, it was the Bush administration's science (from the USGS) that forecast that man-made global warming threatens polar bears immensely in the long term. If those guys believe it, Sarah must be pretty far from the mainstream here.

What it boils down to is this: coming on the heels of a book widely panned as dishonest and vindictive, Palin's at it again. Now, absent the ability to shoot global warming science from an airplane, she's doing the next best thing by warmly embracing a phony e-mail scandal so absurd and manufactured it could make the birthers and the swiftboaters blush.

The fact is that the scientific evidence behind global warming is unequivocal and it shows that much of the observed increase in global temperatures since the mid-20th century is due to carbon pollution caused by human activities. Additionally, the world’s leading scientists agree that this has been the hottest decade on record.

But for Sarah Palin, going rogue on the facts is just a little too tempting.

*PS: Is anyone else tired of hearing science-deniers describe the hacked e-mails has having been "leaked"? If I "leaked" my way into possession of Sarah Palin's personal credit information and, I don't know, bought $150,000 worth of clothes, I think she might be a little less forgiving than she's being with the hackers who attacked the University of East Anglia's climate scientists.

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