Sarah Palin comes in at 4 minutes 20 seconds. Turns out she wants all the Polar Bear to die.


  1. #1 Analiese
    August 30, 2008

    Gov. Palin wants to save our country from the plans of extremist environmentalists who are selectively breeding polar bears (they’re EVERYWHERE!) with a preference for the flesh of oil men.

  2. #2 Scott
    August 30, 2008

    Oh yeah, I’m pissed off all right. If she and McCain (who is comparatively more sane than she is) are elected, the science base of this country will finally have been eliminated and I start applying for British citizenship.

  3. #3 Scott little
    August 30, 2008

    Beck found a stoopid twin!

  4. #4 Lorne
    August 30, 2008

    According to wikipedia…The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is a National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska. It consists of 19,049,236 acres (7,708,952 ha) in the Alaska North Slope region.

    That’s a little more than the 2000 acres Palin claims at about 5:50 in the clip.

    Honestly though, the fact that congress is debating saving the environment is rather pointless. If you really have to debate it then it’s not really a clear thing maybe? My take is that it’s all fine and dandy to make fuel more expensive to Americans if that’s what you want, but that just makes it cheaper for the Chinese. That helps the environment somehow?

  5. #5 Matt Springer
    August 30, 2008

    Lorne, she means the area that would actually be drilled. Also from Wikipedia [obligatory take-Wikipedia-with-grain-of-salt disclaimer]:

    “Supporters of drilling point out that though ANWR is over 19,000,000 acres (77,000 km2), only 1,500,000 acres (6,100 km2), or 8% of the total, would be available for exploration. In addition, less than 2,000 acres (8.1 km2), or 0.01% of ANWR, would actually be developed by exploration.”

  6. #6 decrepitoldfool
    August 30, 2008

    And of course only those tiny number of acres would be affected. There would never be an oil spill.

  7. #7 AliceB
    August 30, 2008

    As far as I know, there has never been an oil spill in relation to oil in Alaska. Or am I forgetting something?

  8. #8 The Chemist
    August 30, 2008

    “Wildlife adaptation. I don’t even know what the hell that means!” You should, isn’t that your job? You know, being in the news business and all.

    Trig? Okay, seriously?

    “What’s true about ANWR” is that it will NOT make a difference at the pump within the next twenty years.

    It’s obvious to me (and Palin for that matter) that Beck has never heard of the word, “research”. He’s over there chasing windmills like Don Quixote and Palin is probably thinking, “Well that’s a stupid question.”

  9. #9 Eclectic Infidel
    August 30, 2008

    This is just typical Glenn Beck. There is no reason to get angry. This is one issue in which I agree with Gov Palin regarding the tapping of Alaska’s natural resources.

    This particular post on Palin (and Beck) is unfairly biased.

  10. #10 AliceB
    August 30, 2008

    This post is biased? This post consists of a YouTube video. Where is the bias here? What is the bias here?

  11. #11 The Chemist
    August 31, 2008

    No, no, no Alice. You’re missing the point. This post consists of Palin, and to a greater extent Glenn Beck, making fools of themselves. As we both know, the truth is always biased against them.

  12. #12 David Marjanovi?
    August 31, 2008

    What point is there in drilling in the ANWR when it just contains enough oil for six months?

  13. #13 Matt Penfold
    August 31, 2008

    Oh yeah, I’m pissed off all right. If she and McCain (who is comparatively more sane than she is) are elected, the science base of this country will finally have been eliminated and I start applying for British citizenship.

    I am hatching a cunning plan to be put into operation should McCain win come November. A whole load of us Scienceblog groupies who live in Europe will charter a ship, sail it to the US and rescue all of you who want refuge back in Europe. Kind of like Dunkirk, but hopefully without the Stukas.

  14. #14 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    August 31, 2008

    So, we are fighting in Iraq for oil? Well, I never thought a Republican would admit it.

    Thanks for the offer, Matt, I may just take you up on it.

  15. #15 aaron
    August 31, 2008

    I disagree with her on just about every position.

    But as for putting polar bears on the endangered species list, I understand the reasoning, but I don’t agree with it.

    Preventing drilling in Alaska, and convincing people about global warming, are both good things, but I can’t justify using laws for other than their intended purpose.

  16. #16 EmilyC
    September 4, 2008

    I just discovered this post today, and everything that Palin says in this video is ridiculous.

    I like how oil is a “god-given” resource, even though she doesn’t even think the earth is old enough to produce it. The only cure for her ignorance is to be slapped over the face with hundreds of scientific textbooks.

    I will do a lot of crying if she’s our next VP.