In 2008 Sarah Palin was specifically asked about global warming, and she specifically dismissed the notion that it was man made. In 2013 she made an ass out of herself, saying that:
“Global warming my gluteus maximus.”
Palin has been a reliable denier of climate science in the past. She’s referred to studies supporting climate change models as “snake oil,” and as a vice presidential candidate in 2008, she argued that humans haven’t influenced changes in climate.
Just a few days ago, on October 27, Palin weighed in on the issue of global warming. As if she was educated on the issues, she claimed that the theory of global warming was “junk science.” She compared the threat of climate change to the eugenics movement of the early 20th century. “No one has proven that these changes are caused by anything done by human beings via greenhouse gases. There’s no convincing scientific evidence for man-made climate change. The climate has always been changing.” “Climate change is to this century what eugenics was to the last century. It’s hysteria and a lot of it’s junk science. And when it’s as discredited as eugenics, you know a lot of people are going to look very foolish and heartless.”
To compare the science of global warming to eugenics demonstrates Palin’s lack of understanding of both. Eugenics was based on the science of genetics. It was not the science that was questioned, but the ethics of eugenics that was criticized.
Palin’s remarks about global warming indicate just how delusional she is. Sarah Palin, the woman who earned a degree in Broadcast journalism, never took a single course in college that would educate her about any aspect of the science behind global warming. She has no background in any type of science. The scientists who study global warming include atmospheric scientists, oceanographers, biologists, astronomers, meteorologists, and even anthropologists. Not only is Sarah Palin not educated in any of these type of sciences, but she has never worked for any company employing these type of scientists…even as a janitor.
Palin’s latest remarks come just as a draft report by the United Nations’ climate panel finds that climate change may have “serious, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.” The same panel reported last year that scientists are 95 percent certain that humans are the “dominant cause” of climate change.
It is interesting that Sarah Palin would have the nerve to comment on anything scientific, after the revelation that she believed dinosaurs lived 6000 years ago and co-existed with people.
President Obama has announced that in the short two years he has left in his presidency, that global warming will become his target issue.
Thus we can anticipate that there will be focus on global warming by Sarah Palin throughout the next two years. If you find someone who hasn’t been convinced about global warming, ask them about these findings by scientists, as compared to uneducated quitters who have lots of opinions but no education or experience on global warming.
1. Global warming is the increase of Earth’s average surface temperature due to greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels or from deforestation, which trap heat that would otherwise escape from Earth.
2. Greenhouse gases keep heat close to the earth’s surface making it livable for humans and animals. However, global warming is happening largely due to an over-emittance of these gases and fossil fuels (natural oil, gasoline, coal).
3. With the start of industry in the 1700’s, humans began emitting more fossil fuels from coal, oil, and gas to run our cars, trucks, and factories. By driving a “smarter” car, you will not only save on gas, but help prevent global warming.
4. There is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today than at any point in the last 800,000 years.
5. In total, the U.S. emits approximately 6 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year. 40% of that comes from power plant emissions alone.
6. The NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) proposed the Clean Air Act to cut power plant emissions by 26% in the next 7 years.
7. Since 1870, global sea levels have risen by about 8 inches.
8. Consequences of global warming include drought, severe hurricanes, massive fires and melting of the polar caps.
9. Heat waves caused by global warming present greater risk of heat-related illness and death, most frequently among patients of diabetes who are elderly or very young.
10. According to the U.S. Global Change Research Program, the temperature in the U.S. has increased by 2 degrees in the last 50 years and precipitation by 5%.
11. Global warming puts coral reefs in danger as warmer water increases the possibility of coral diseases and the rising sea levels makes it more difficult for coral to receive adequate sunlight.
12. Global warming has ripple effects that include:
a. Energy Infrastructure – More weather and climate extremes are likely to impact U.S. energy security in ways that have not been adequately considered. Power outages are already becoming more common, oil and gas infrastructure in the Gulf region is at risk as hurricanes and tropical storms intensify, coal transport by rail and barge across the Midwest and Northeast will face more flooding disruptions, and electricity generation in the Southwest will be limited by water shortages and more extreme heat.
b. A Disproportionate Impact – More and more Americans will be living in places highly vulnerable to weather and climate extremes as population continues to grow rapidly in cities, along the coasts and in the South. Racial and ethnic minorities will be disproportionately impacted because their populations are concentrated in these places. Furthermore, global warming will add further stress to existing problems in urban areas, in particular poverty, inequities in access to health care, aging infrastructure and air pollution.
c. More Extreme Allergies – Unchecked global warming will worsen respiratory allergies for approximately 25 million Americans. These potential impacts of global warming could have a significant economic impact: allergies and asthma already cost the United States more than $32 billion annually in direct health care costs and lost productivity.
13. Warming of climate is unequivocal with many of the observed changes unprecedented over decades to millennia.
14. The atmosphere and oceans have warmed, snow and ice has diminished and sea levels have risen.
15. Human emissions of greenhouse cases are the highest in history and concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are the highest in at least 800,000 years.
16. The acidity of the oceans has increased by 26 per cent since the beginning of the industrial era due to increases in carbon dioxide.
17. Arctic sea ice has decreased over the period 1979 to 2013 at a rate of between 3.5 and 4.1 per cent per decade, while it has increased in the Antarctic due to strong geophysical differences between the two polar regions.
Scientists have concluded that most of the observed warming is very likely due to the burning of coal, oil, and gas. This conclusion is based on a detailed understanding of the atmospheric greenhouse effect and how human activities have been tweaking it. At the same time, other reasonable explanations, most notably changes in the Sun, have been ruled out.
It is particularly outrageous that Palin denies man-made global warming, when Alaska is showing the effects of global warming to a greater degree than any other state. Over the past 50 years, temperatures across Alaska increased by an average of 3.4°F. Winter warming was even greater, rising by an average of 6.3°F.The rate of warming in Alaska was twice the national average over that same period of time. Average annual temperatures in Alaska are projected to increase an additional 3.5 to 7°F by the middle of this century. Did you know that:
• Over the past 50 years, Alaska has warmed twice as fast as the national average.
• Warming is contributing to the thawing of Alaska’s permafrost. By the end of this century, the permafrost boundary is likely to shift northward hundreds of miles, increasing the risk for infrastructure damage.
• Warming is contributing to the loss of protective sea ice along Alaska’s northwestern coast, leading to increased rates of coastal erosion.
• Warming is altering marine and terrestrial ecosystems, causing changes in the extent and location of habitat for fish and wildlife.
• Climate change places significant stress on the livelihoods, villages, and cultures al values of Alaska Natives.
Permafrost is the frozen ground located one to two feet below the surface in cold regions. As permafrost thaws and the soil sinks, structures built on or within the soil are damaged. Although most Alaskans live in permafrost-free areas, an estimated 100,000 Alaskans (about 14% of the population) live in areas sensitive to permafrost degradation. The impacts of melting permafrost on transportation, forests, ecosystems, and the economy could have widespread implications for Alaskans. The thawing of the permafrost will have devastating effects on the forests, the highways, the ecosystems, the oceans, and the Native Alaskan people.
Even though Sarah Palin is not a scientist, her refusal to acknowledge the urgency of curbing greenhouse emissions is criminal. She and Todd must have realized the effects of global warming on Alaska. Conditions have been so bad for the Iron Dog that as early as 2007 the “Drivers were pounded by a trail lacking snow. ” The Iditarod had to have its starting point moved 30 miles north due to lack of snow. Alaska has also been plagued by wildfires, extreme temperatures, decline in production in Salmon fisheries and declines in the timeber industry. Rising seas are destroying villages. Polar bears are endangered, and hundreds of other animal populations in Alaska are at risk.
The WWF estimated that sea ice has shrunk as much as 4 percent each decade between 1979 and 2012. “Walruses are telling us what the polar bears have told us and what many indigenous people have told us in the high Arctic, and that is that the Arctic environment is changing extremely rapidly and it is time for the rest of the world to take notice and to to take action to address the root causes of climate change.”
Ten years from now Sarah Palin may no longer breath the air that surrounds our globe. My grandchildren will hopefully never know about the quitter who could have become the President of the United States. My grandchildren will inhabit a world that is dramatically different than mine. They will wonder why nobody did something about the problem of global warming before it was too late. The tragedy is that Sarah Palin may have lasting effects on our world long after she is no longer a part of it.