Saturday, December 05, 2009

Sarah Palin calls climate research "snake oil" and demands President Obama boycott Copenhagen conference. Are you serious lady?

The president’s decision to attend the international climate conference in Copenhagen needs to be reconsidered in light of the unfolding Climategate scandal. (This is a "scandal" only in the minds of those whose agenda is to undermine the research being done by climatologists. As Media Matters has pointed out the e-mails are being taken out of context and misinterpreted. This is NOT accidental.)The leaked e-mails involved in Climategate expose the unscientific behavior of leading climate scientists who deliberately destroyed records to block information requests, manipulated data to “hide the decline” in global temperatures, and conspired to silence the critics of man-made global warming. I support Senator James Inhofe’s call for a full investigation into this scandal. Because it involves many of the same personalities and entities behind the Copenhagen conference, Climategate calls into question many of the proposals being pushed there, including anything that would lead to a cap and tax plan.

Climategate? Does Sarah Palin REALLY want to have her name attached to a post that supports some kind of "gate"? Does she really want to open THAT can of worms? Well if THAT is fair game then perhaps we should revisit some of Sarah's multiple "gates". Such as "Dairygate", or "Religiongate", or "Prisongate", or " Troopergate", or how about a personal favorite of mine, "Babygate"? Oops did you forget about those Sarah? Well guess what. We haven't!

And speaking of "opening a can of worms" Palin is now "palling around" with the last "flat-earther" in the Senate. Senator Inhofe's crazy rantings against climate change has caused him to be marginalized, and in some instances ostracised, by his fellow senators, and yet Palin has no problem citing him as a credible critic of the work done by these scientists. Good choice Sarah.

Policy should be based on sound science, not snake oil. (Did she really refer to the decades of peer reviewed scientific research into climate change as "snake oil"? Isn't this the scientific wizard who claims the earth is only 10,000 years old? And did she not write THIS passage in her new book? “But I didn’t believe in the theory that human beings—thinking, loving beings—originated from fish that sprouted legs and crawled out of the sea. Or that human beings began as single-celled organisms that developed into monkeys who eventually swung down from trees; I believed we came about not through a random process, but were created by God.” Is THAT the scientifically inquisitive mind we want to trust when it comes to defining the difference between "snake oil" science and "real" science? I am just asking.) 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. (This is a story that has been debunked repeatedly and yet Sarah still uses it as if it were factual.)I’ve never denied the reality of climate change; (No, just the science that determined the source of that climate change: A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I'm not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.”) in fact, I was the first governor to create a subcabinet position to deal specifically with the issue. I saw the impact of changing weather patterns firsthand while serving as governor of our only Arctic state. But while we recognize the effects of changing water levels, erosion patterns, and glacial ice melt, we cannot primarily blame man’s activities for the earth’s cyclical weather changes. The drastic economic measures being pushed by dogmatic environmentalists won’t change the weather, but will dramatically change our economy for the worse.

In other words ANY science which keeps oil companies from accessing that sweet, sweet bubbly crude, under the pristine Alaska tundra, is at loggerheads with Sarah "drill baby, drill" Palin's acceptable definition of "real" science. She classifies it as "snake oil" if it does not allow her to safely retain her beliefs, or to get her way. "What? Eating piles of Atkins bars and washing them down with Red Bull is not a nutritionally sound diet for a middle aged woman? Well by God, I hereby declare that "snake oil" science. Hand me another one of those Chocolate Coconut bars will you Piper?

Policy decisions require real science and real solutions, not junk science and doomsday scare tactics (Yeah don't you just hate all of those "doomsday scare tactics"? Like that whole Rapture, End of Days, idea. How crazy is that?) pushed by an environmental priesthood that capitalizes on the public’s worry and makes them feel that owning an SUV is a “sin” against the planet. (I agree with sister Sarah on this point. Owning an SUV is NOT a sin. A sin would be breaking one of the Ten Commandments, like...oh I don't know..."Thou shalt not commit adultery", like when Sarah was banging Brad Hanson. And "Thou shalt not steal", like when she is always taking money from the people who donate to SarahPAC and not doing anything for them in return. Or "Thou shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor", like when Sarah accused Obama of "palling around" with terrorists. Remember that? So no, owning an SUV is not a sin, however listening to Sarah Palin MIGHT be.)In his inaugural address, President Obama declared his intention to “restore science to its rightful place.” Boycotting Copenhagen while this scandal is thoroughly investigated would send a strong message that the United States government will not be a party to fraudulent scientific practices. Saying no to Copenhagen and cap and tax are first steps in “restoring science to its rightful place.”

- Sarah Palin

This is almost too stupid to address, but since it is expected let me make this short.

Wrong, wrong, wrong you fucking imbecile! The effects of climate change have been studied by numerous scientist, of all nationalities and scientific disciplines for over two hundred years. The facts are in, and the findings are conclusive, climate change is real and humans have definitely contributed to it. The idea that a handful of e-mails, taken out of context and used to smear decades of scientific research, should signal an end to the United States participation in this important event is insane. Only a person with a serious ment....oh yeah, I almost forgot who I was talking about.

Well anyway, once again Palin has demonstrated an incredible lack of intelligence married to an out of control ego. I cannot believe people are still taking this woman seriously.

Update: Here is a little more information on the tactics being utilized by the climate change deniers: For thirty years, defenders of a pollution-based economy have intimidated, smeared, and suppressed climate science, using a playbook perfected by the tobacco industry and Karl Rove. Now — as the United States, led by President Barack Obama, finally appears ready to join the world in the fight against global warming — the opponents of reform are resorting to criminal desperation, harkening back to the paranoia-fueled extremes of Richard Nixon.

Interesting no?

(H/T to Gail.)


  1. WakeUpAmerica8:31 AM

    The oily snake Palin hisses forth her pearls of wisdom.

  2. Glad to see your outrage, but where is the action?

  3. Those emails are not taken out of context and are very damning. There are and have always been qualified scientists who have not towed the party line on global warming, and yet they are squelched and insulted.
    There's no use behaving like Palinbots when the evidence is jarring and against what we have invested ourselves in.

    Palin's words about Obama and Copenhagen were reasonable and well-written, so I don't know who actually wrote it. Not her of course.

  4. kilob8:53 AM

    It sure is funny, Sistah Sarah latches herself into everything anti Obama, and none of her rantings are her own original ideas. She takes news stories and addsher simple wordings for her flock to fawn over. Lady, go home. Raise that adopted son of yours and get an education. Maybe in twenty years you'll be capable of carrying Barack Obamas luggage.

  5. Would you like someone to vet your posts for glaring typos and misspellings? I'm raising my hand as a volunteer (check with Ann Strongheart for a recommendation). I read your post every day (or every time you post) so am disheartened when I stumble across an easily fixed glitch. No offense.

  6. Anonymous8:57 AM

    people are taking this woman seriously because people like yourself that claim to have informaation that could take this woman down won't release it. Why destroy a good thing- right?

  7. Anonymous9:02 AM

    In typical Sarah exaggeration fashion, on a video yesterday at Bree Palin's, Sarah claimed that we had 11-13 Billion illegal aliens in America. Anyone calling her out on that?

  8. Anonymous9:06 AM

    onething, ever seen the thick layer of smog over the Los Angeles basin or the one ever-present over Tokyo? Ever been to either place and felt the over-whelming humidity because of it and the resultant pain in your lungs with every breath? It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that oppressive layer of smog holds in the heat. What's in the center of the heat? Earth, you dimwit.

  9. Anonymous9:08 AM

    She's obviously pandering to the knuckle-draggers whom she knows are a few million and will tithe their asses off to her from here to infinity and beyond. It's a faith based deal, facts are irrelative, and the payola is good.

  10. Forever Anonymous9:10 AM

    Sorry Gryphen, but I'm sure you can hear the rumble. The witch is mad, mad and her flying monkeys are out to put down the blogs that don't want to drink blood with her.

    Housegate also there.

  11. Gryphen,

    You are right. Palin IS a fucking imbecile. And she denies Global Warming not because she doesn't believe it, but because she has to stay with her base of idiots and GREED. She wants that campaign money for when she thinks she'll be running for Preznut.

    Palin is a joke of epic proportion. I really, really wish that the good people of Alaska would stand strong(er) and let it all loose about the whackjob from Wasilla. I know that each and everytime she opens her mouth I think I have reached the limit. I can't even imagine how the people who know about her feel.
    What will be the breaking point?

  12. "In typical Sarah exaggeration fashion, on a video yesterday at Bree Palin's, Sarah claimed that we had 11-13 Billion illegal aliens in America. Anyone calling her out on that?"

    Unfortunately Anon, nobody EVER calls the lying witch out on anything. If she were any other public figure though..........

  13. Anonymous9:33 AM

    Speaking of Palin's dubious opinions on climate change, did you see SP's latest tweet?

    "Leave chilly TX(poor evidence of global warming today)4 Virginia event&speech tonite n DC;Glad Todd got 2 lv construction project 2 join us!"

  14. Anonymous9:37 AM

    DEFLECTION of the REAL ISSUE at hand....vain and simple.

  15. mlaiuppa9:48 AM

    And she thinks he's going to listen to her because......

  16. A fine rant, Gryphen! Check out the latest on the phone "climategate" here
    where another series of thefts and attempted thefts have occurred. This to me it is clear evidence that the faux outrage at some cherry-picked emails is being professionally orchestrated and funded by fossil fuel corporate interests. Impersonating tech servicemen? This is really scary stuff. Sarah is an idiot but she agitates flat-earthers like onething who are too lazy to read enough actual science to understand that although there are many unknowns, the fundamentals of the greenhouse effect are pretty simple and so is the fact of ocean acidification. CO2 + H20 = carbonic acid and that's killing the tiny shellfish at the bottom of the food chain. ALREADY. And that means the fish in the middle and the top of the food chain are going to die, and that means total ecosystem collapse...and did you know most of the oxygen we breathe comes from life in the sea?

    Anyone who doubts we must switch to clean energy, yesterday, I promise you will change your mind if you watch this video:

  17. Anonymous9:56 AM

    First, it's not suprising that the small-minded see everything in black and white. Nothing that has been revealed discounts the fact that global warning is real.

    Second, even without global warming, it makes more sense to invest in alternative energy. It is cheaper (or at least has the potential to be), it is less damaging to the earth, it's cleaner. But I suppose it's more important that we are beholden to oil companies and continue to dig shit out of the earth to power our lives.

    Sarah Palin is an idiot and a shill.

  18. Anonymous10:01 AM

    Once again, Sarah proves that she and her ilk do not understand the difference between climate and weather.

    THIS is why we need brilliantly intelligent, educated people in charge - any more of 'one of us' and we're doomed.

  19. Anonymous10:08 AM

    Gee, you'd think someone who thought her email account getting hacked was the worst thing that happened to her would feel a little outrage that the emails were hacked to begin with...But then again, when you think "god" put fossil fuels under the ground for our amusement, well, thinking might not be your strong suit. Of course, it's cold in DC today so it must not be true anyway.

  20. First of all I find it surprising that Sarah who comes from a state where industrial fishing (including crabbing etc) is so unconcerned about climate change, not to mention the hunting ( I have hunted in your beautiful state--the real way not with guides or copters). The polar Bears in Alaska are already suffering from a slight temp change that has altered ice conditions.
    I wonder why she cannot comprehend that a few degrees in water temp could end salmon runs as you know it.
    Or do these evangelicals just WANT the world to self destruct?? Are they trying to "help" a dommsday scenario???
    Just my few thoughts, but please Alaskans, while "oil" may be a money resource, I think too many(probably not anyone who reads this thread) Alaskans take their other resources for granted.
    BTW-- A couple regulars from Brees site were in DC to protest at S'errors book signing check it out at breepalin

  21. Anonymous10:53 AM

    Megalomaniac Sarah seems to think (ok, thinking is not one of her strong suits) that she is President Obama's personal adviser in the world. Hello $arah! You are not "the center of the universe."

    Delusions run deep in her pool of stupidity, ignorance, endless need for adulation and her hate-filled, arrogant self.

    Let the "gates" (any or all) open up and prove beyond a doubt to everyone who this faux person really is.


  22. she is a fucking moron:

    Climate change threatens life in Shishmaref, Alaska

  23. Simply, Palin is living in a fantasy world of denial that she and McCain lost the election. She quit the Governorship because that is what she would have had to do had the Republicans won the election. She is behaving as though she is either still campaigning in the fall of 08, or as though she and McCain won. That is all that is going on with the woman.

  24. emrysa11:23 AM

    it IS too stupid to address, grypehn. she is just trying to distract from her birther comments.

  25. Anonymous11:30 AM

    Every day, just when I think she has maxxed out the amount of stupid, she manages to show even more of stupid!

    Please, take her down!


  26. Anonymous11:30 AM

    She's just trying to distract everyone from the babygate issue.

  27. wow. just wow.11:55 AM

    Palin is a pathetic excuse for a responsible person.

    She should be ashamed but has so little self-awareness that she is incapable.

  28. Anonymous12:15 PM

    She is incredibly stupid. Her tweet about it being "chilly" is ridiculous. It is clear that she doesn't understand this complicated issue.

    She also is mentally ill and delusional. Why would President Obama care at all about what she says? The only people who care are her followers/worshipers. The comment about living a fantasy life are right on! She is acting like they didn't lose the election and she is still campaigning. She makes a constant fool of her self and I am sick of her.

    She also really assumes people are just dumb. Like anyone believes Todd was on a construction job. What a pathetic joke she is. I have never seen someone so screwed up get as far as she has. Her family needs to commit her to a psychiatric facility. She has a serious personality disorder and is delusional.


  30. Anonymous12:58 PM

    Anything and everything she says is full of crap.

  31. Anonymous1:04 PM

    To Bree-
    I'm in Austin. The weather in the past 2-3 years has been really REALLY weird. Droughts the past 3 yrs, and then this past week, SNOW... in Central Tx and Houston... and first EVER this early in the season.

    People-- it's NOT global warming... it's "change".

    Face it... the body of Earth, Terra, is it's own living being. It's comprised of various compounds, gases and organisms. It's its own biosphere and we just happen to reside on it. And Terra is pissed off right now!

    It changes and (omg!) evolves just like the rest of the living world as well as changes to it's environment. And today, it's environment is being screwed up by us... humans. Just look at the mankind produced trash we leave in our oceans, our lands and our outer space. We trash everything so WE don't have to deal with it. Think about it.

    Just look around you and you will see the damage we humans do on a daily basis to our world. It's quite sad.

    -ske in atx

  32. Of course she' not serious. She's smart enough to know that she's (or whoever) is writing a lot of bull. She just wants to get more attention and to appeal that much more to the inflamed and aggrieved on the far right. And, as you make clear, she succeeded on both accounts.

  33. Anonymous1:28 PM

    Genesis 9:11
    Maybe Sister Sarah has spoken to her God and knows that he has given his covenant that no flood may come.
    She must drop to her knees and pray to the Lord and know that the book of stories written several thousand years ago knows so much more than thee.
    Oh, the ignorant masses that have foolishly followed the path of that silly man Galilio she and her followers had to excommunicate.
    9:11 Sarah
    believe it.

  34. To Albert Lewis -

    Although I do not post three or four times a day like the hard-blogging Gryphen, I keep a blog too and I can tell you, typos, misspellings and other goofs are my bane. When I read back, my head knows what I meant to write and it is so easy to mentally insert the correct wording while physically leaving the incorrect in.

    I think, given how much he blogs, Gryph does an amazingly good job in this regard. While perfection would be nice, it is for mediums other than blogging.

    You have two choices - perfection or immediacy. Are you really going to be there each time to proofread one minute after he writes his post?

    While a few bloggers may have the cash to hire someone to do just that, I think most don't. I also think it best to accept the medium for what it is and not to get hung up on a few typos and misspellings.

  35. Anonymous2:00 PM

    When will Sarah realize that every ill considered statement she makes boomarangs right back at her (like God is trying to tell her to just shut up?) She mentions a birth certificate, and the NMSN (not main stream media) point out that she is also birth certificate challanged, she says palling around with baddies, NMSB say her hubby pals around with baddies, she says Climategate, and right on time there's another ethics gate.

  36. crystalwolf aka caligrl2:06 PM

    Great Rant Gryphen!
    "Wrong, wrong, wrong you fucking imbecile! The effects of climate change have been studied by numerous scientist"
    Yes she chooses her news sources 1) Faux Noise 2)Wingnut emails
    She REALLY is a fucking IMBECILE!

  37. Anonymous2:18 PM

    Made me laugh, Gryphen, even though this is not a laughing matter.

    Wonder who she emailed, asking what she should say?!

    No doubt she is trying to become another mouthpiece like those guys. To spew lies in an effort to diss the President of the United States. And I do agree it's a distraction in an effort to move quickly on from babygates.

    Heck, just the body heat of 6.8+ trillion people should have some affect on the world's environment. Sadly, there are those who don't care about the environment at all. Or whether or not future generations inherit a healthy environment. It's all about how much money can be stuffed in pockets before Judgment Day.

    You know, the end of this world happens for each when the breath of life returns to God. As far as the end of times, not even the angels in heaven know.

    Thanks for the laugh and info!

  38. My, my my, so now I am a dimwit and a flat earther who has not read anything. This level of rage only shows me that people are not being rational. And irrational people cannot very well examaine evidence impartially.

    Cherry picked emails out of context? They were out of context like Bristol's comment that abstinence is unrealistic was out of context - NOT. Yes, the most relevant ones were selected out of many to show what has been happening but the meaning of them is quite clear. The perpetrators are guilty of obstructing science, abusing peer-review, fudging data, noncomplicance with freedom of information laws, and have lied to the world. And they do have an agenda. Power, prestige, and millions in grants. They will and must be prosecuted.

    Scientists are human beings just like the rest of us, and they need to be held to account because science otherwise becomes corrupt.

    None of the above has anything to do with the good reasons to stop polluting. So far as I can tell we have passed peak oil anyway, and will need to develop new, clean energy technologies. But it would be good to remember that co2 is not a pollutant but is as vital to life as oxygen.

    Here, reaad this if you are able:

  39. As long as the bitch continues to generate ratings for the corporate media, she'll continue to get all the face time she wants.

    New Palingate in the making: lack of basic care for Trig. What might we hear from his biological mother about the lack of socks, shoes, glasses, hearing aids, etc?

  40. MacAndCheeseWiz5:43 PM

    You're right, Gryphen, She's just pandering to the lowest common denominators of society to sell more books.

    Her next rectal itch will be President Obama's reversing President Bush Jr.'s stem cell ban.

    She'll be tweeting about it some time next week when the tic tac she had this morning kicks in!

    Thanks for a good read.

  41. Gasman6:47 PM

    WTF!?!?!?!? Why would ANYONE even acknowledge anything that Sarah Palin had to say regarding anything within the realm of science? The woman is a imbecilic clod who wouldn’t recognize science if it bit her in the ass. Palin is a mental pygmy who has no concept of what science, empiricism, and peer review actually mean. She is unencumbered by facts or even by the thought process itself and with an imperious wave of her royal scepter she declares global warming “snake oil.”

    “Global warming could not possibly exist because I had to turn my furnace up much higher than normal this fall. Where is all this warming? I’m not warm.”

    We should place about as much stock in Palin’s pronouncements on science as we would Carrie Prejean’s musings on ethics, morality, and veracity. When it comes to any subject which involves extensive thought, Palin should by default be excluded from the debate for her chronic paucity of cognition.

    The problem is that a whopping 97% of scientists surveyed believe that global warming is real and that it is manmade. These are the people that are most able to interpret the available scientific data. On the basis of stolen e-mails alone, Palin decides that they negate ALL available scientific data. Do we know that those who stole the e-mail did not alter it to suit their ends? The e-mails reveal the candid manner in which scientists correspond with one another outside the scientific journals. Nothing more.

    Let’s examine what was NOT in the e-mails in question. There are no smoking guns. They did not reveal any vast multinational liberal conspiracy to concoct a nonexistent theory of manmade global warming. They do not reveal ANY link to George Soros bankrolling any such a scheme. They do not expose any nefarious liberal plot to expand the size of government through increased spending. Nothing in the e-mails negates the decades of data and research which all STILL support the irrefutable fact of manmade global warming.

    For decades, global warming deniers would not even concede that there was any data which supported the very existence of global warming. For the entire eight years Bush was in office he tried - with some success - to suppress government sponsored scientific findings which supported man made global warming. They continued that tactic until the data was so overwhelming that they could no longer plausibly deny at least the existence of global warming. Now, they merely deny that it is manmade. They contend that it is natural and cyclical and really nothing to worry about at all. It’s funny how that natural cycle just happens to neatly coincide with the industrial revolution.

    If these asshats succeed in getting us to slow walk toward a solution, we are officially fucked. If they are wrong and they succeed in stalling efforts to stop global warming, the earth becomes a very different, very much more hostile environment. If 97% of scientists are wrong and Sarah Palin is right, if we needlessly combat nonexistent global warming we will have wasted money, but we’ll still be able to live on this planet. If it turns out that the smartest people in the world were right and the peawit Tundra Twit was wrong, but we listened to her instead of to them, we will be living - or not - in a literal hell hole.

    Hmmm, tough choice. Listen to the uninformed, dithering, narcissistic, halfwit goober who can’t coordinate bus and plane schedules or listen to the smart people with lots of graduate degrees, years of successful research, professorships at prestigious universities, and generally a collective ability to speak and write coherently. What to do, what to do?

    If I am betting MY ass on who is right in that battle of wits, I’ll go with the folks who came to the contest armed.

    Palin’s idiocy is exceeded only by her arrogance and her hubris.

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  43. Anonymous12:23 AM

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  44. sunnyjane1:42 AM

    Seems to me that "dumb" has no limits.

    I wonder why she thinks people would fabricate the concept of global warming. What would be the purpose? We know the purpose of DENYING global warming, but I can't imagine what rationale would be used to concoct a theory that our global warming is real, a threat to our planet and that human beings are, at least partially, responsible.


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