Yesterday, Sarah Palin demanded that Charlie Gibson:
Show me where I have ever said that there’s absolute proof that nothing that man has ever conducted or engaged in has had any effect or no effect on climate change. I have not said that.
Last year, she told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, “I’m not an Al Gore, doom-and-gloom environmentalist blaming the changes in our climate on human activity.” And in an interview Newsmax magazine just released, which was conducted before she was selected as John McCain’s running mate, the Alaska governor said, “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.”
I can appreciate Palin being embarrassed about her beliefs now; she’s obviously well outside the scientific mainstream. If I were her, in my first national television interview, I’d be tempted to distance myself from right-wing talking points, too.
But Palin’s record is Palin’s record, and the fact remains that she’s so far out there, she’s rejected the connection between global warming and human activity.
And she could’ve taken it back, saying “I did question that, but I’ve spoken with more experts since then, and I’ve changed my mind.” That’s how things are supposed to work, and it’s a transition many people have made in the last year. But instead, she lied on national television about a simple and verifiable fact. She has denied anthropogenic climate change, and wants to hide that. But it won’t work.
I’ve take to calling these Palin posts “Palin-spastic” because that is the term geologists use to describe the reconstruction of a fault in its old position. And increasingly because Palin’s flailing around to hide her past positions is looking pretty spastic.