Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Palin's "New" Washington Post Op-ed

Today, Sarah Palin takes to the Washington Post (again), with a re-print of what can loosely be called her "op-ed." Where was the op-ed originally printed? That would be Palin's Facebook page.

Several of our friends have already posted comprehensive take down's of Palin's piece (here and here, for example.)

But let's look more closely at just one excerpt from Palin's piece:
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.
Marc Ambinder, of The Atlantic, breaks it down:
"Remember, the "revelation" was born from an potentially illegal e-mail hack. "So-called" -- untrue. These are experts. Their science has been validated, independently. Their "actions" here consist of insulting climate change skeptics, immature name-calling, and, at worst, devising a strategy to keep the climate change deniers out of debates and peer-reviewed journals. The "concerns" that Palin speaks of are the result of years of accumulated science denialism that now, conveniently, has been seemingly "validated" by the fog of a grand conspiracy, suddenly revealed."
Check out the article to see him take apart Palin's entire argument.

UPDATE: Rep. Ed Markey has also posted a response to what he calls Palin's "mistake-riddled, anti-clean energy Op-Ed."
Unable to win the climate debate based on facts, science or economics, Palin joins other Republican opponents in attempting to manufacture a scandal by seizing on stolen private emails from University of East Anglia in the UK. But as reported by TIME, the New York Times, and even the Washington Post, these emails do not undermine the overwhelming scientific evidence of global warming.
Click here to read Congressman Markey's HuffPost piece.

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