Palin to Right of Republicans on Climate Change

ABC News’ Rick Klein Reports: Among the issues Sen. John McCain will have to smooth over with his new running mate: global warming.

In an interview for the September issue of the conservative magazine Newsmax, Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, said she does not believe climate change is caused by human behavior.

“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,” Palin said in the interview, which was posted online Friday.

McCain, R-Ariz., by contrast, has broken with his party’s dogma by supporting a mandatory program to cap carbon emissions — a point of pride for McCain as he burnishes his independent reputation.

Palin’s quote about global warming not being manmade is also at odds with the freshly approved GOP platform for 2008. That language — adopted by the party this week — marks the first time the Republican Party’s policy document addresses climate change.

“The same human activity that has brought freedom and opportunity to billions has also increased the amount of carbon in the atmosphere,” the document reads. “Increased atmospheric carbon has a warming effect on the earth.”

Political Radar: Palin: Global Warming Not Man-Made.

Note: That last bit isn’t from some tree-hugging hippie-Greenpeace-giving-whale-savers, it’s from the Grand Ole Party, The Republicans. Really. No shit, I couldn’t believe it either.

And I can’t believe they’d nominate a VP who was to the right of them on the environment. What an interesting week.

Change vs. Change

It’s looks like John McCain’s radical pick for VP has vaulted, nay, catapulted his campaign to the top of the “change” platform. Gone is the idea that experience matters, now it’s all about being crazy and different.

My congrats to McCain, who had experience as a POW, for catching up to the main theme for what Americans want. Yes, things need to change.

With Palin on the ticket, McCain has guaranteed that something will change with this election. New ground will be crossed, be it in the form of Obama or Palin. This was a masterful political move on his part. Truly, it was. Now both sides are running for history. And for change.

So then the next obvious question, which won’t really ever be addressed on corporate TV, as it would take too long to go beyond one word analysis….what is the change offered?

1. Freedom

Obama/Biden Change: Appoint Supreme Court Justices that will outlaw torture, once and for all (except on black ops).

McCain/Palin Change: Appoint Supreme Court Justices that outlaw abortion, once and for all (except on back alleys).

2. Economy

Obama/Biden Change: Spend 8 of the next 10 years working hard to replace oil and create a post-carbon economy with renewable fuels. This will save our limited natural resources for future generations.

McCain/Palin Change: Spend 8 of the next 10 years drilling as hard as possible to prop up oil companies and extend our carbon economy. This will steal our limited natural resources from future generations.

3. Education

Obama/Biden Change: Spend the money necessary to give every child in every school every chance to succeed.

McCain/Palin Change: Spend only the money necessary to teach every child in every school that evolution is evil and God did it.

4. Foreign Policy

Obama/Biden Change: End the war in Iraq, Get Bin Laden. Work together with the world to face threats.

McCain/Palin Change: Start the war in Iran. Get Obama. Work together to make threats to the world.

5. Tax Policy

Obama/Biden Change: Move the tax policy back to the one that helped build the largest and most powerful middle class in the world, with the most wealth and the most people.

McCain/Palin Change(?): Extend the Bush tax policy that helped build the smallest and most distinct upper class in history, with the most wealth and the fewest people.

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Pawlenty Confirms It, Palin is a believer in Intelligent Design

I mentioned this in the post over here. I wasn’t sure if there was going to be much traction on that, but it turns out to be correct. Palin wants science classes to teach religious theory. Debunked religious theory. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty just confirmed this on Meet The Press.

Awesome. You know, I was just thinking the other day how great it has been having an anti-science nutjob in the Whitehouse and I was asking myself we could do to extend that streak. Looks like there in an answer.

After my initial reaction to the nomination of Sarah Palin and after getting over my surprise, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is some joke on the part of John McCain and he is going to announce his real running mate during the RNC convention.

So far I’ve seen McCain, his top aide, and another in the campaign get asked point blank about Palin’s complete and utter lack of domestic or international policy experience. All three dodged the question.

All three supporters dodged the basic question about what, if any, experience she has tackling national or international issues. Well, now we know about one. She wants to teach your children her version of creation. Science be damned

For some reason no one asked about Alaskan issues, which I’m assuming she has some experience in. Not that it matters now, but there ya go.

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UPDATE 9/1/8: This post seems to be getting the most attention right now. Palin has set the internet a buzz this weekend. I’ve done a bunch of stuff on the nomination. Here’s some links.

The original nomination.

A bit of education.

A bit about Alaskan politics, and Palin’s abuse of executive power (i.e experience).

Palin on climate change.

More general commentary from Alaskan papers and others.

Palin’s executive broadcasting experience and McCain’s funny joke.

Another theory why McCain tapped Palin (or wants to).

and finally, the topper…

Palin against birth control and has pregnant teenage daughter to prove it.

That’s about it for now. I think I’m about Palin’ed out.

I have to say now…at this point in my analysis…I’m thinking the best is seven days, plus or minus 3 before she pulls a Tom Eagleton and Obama coasts to victory (barring something even weirder happening).