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Palin slides off the far-right glacier on climate change

Palin slides off the far-right glacier on climate change

I don't know if Sarah Palin is going for the White House in 2012 or the big house, as in a mansion paid for by selling a couple of million books in 2009, but I do know she's now the Queen of The 26 Percenters. Fresh off her seeming endorsement of the anti-Obama "birthers," Palin came out with a wintry, Twitter-y blast against climate change tonight, urging the president to boycott this week's global warming summit in Copenhagen over what she calls "snake-oil science."

Palin has a long record of saying things about global warming, since living in Alaska, she can see climate change from her house! And she's been nothing if not consistent in her amazing inconsistency on the subject. John Kerry could windsurf all the way from here to Bali on these shifting political blasts of hot air:

1)"Many scientists note that Alaska's climate is changing," Governor Palin said. "We are already seeing the effects. Coastal erosion, thawing permafrost, retreating sea ice and record forest fires affect our communities and our infrastructure. Some scientists tell us to expect more changes in the future. We must begin to prepare for those changes now."

-- Sept. 14, 2007, in announcing the creation of an Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet (via Nexis)

2) "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. "

-- Aug. 29, 2008, after she was named GOP vice presidential nominee.

3) ANCHORAGE — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin acknowledged Tuesday that global warming was harming her state but said stepped-up natural-gas production could mitigate its effects.

Speaking at a hearing before Interior Secretary Ken Salazar -- the third of several he is holding across the country to consider renewed oil and gas leasing on the outer continental shelf -- Palin said that relatively clean-burning natural gas could supplant dirtier fuels and slow the discharge of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

-- April 15, 2009.

4) Copnhagn Climate Summit;Obama should boycott in light of bogus "findings"Public leary re:snake oil science,he must take stand on climategate

-- Palin from her Twitter account, earlier tonight, adding later...

2 much of "global warming" agenda is merely to halt responsible developmnt;sound science must b foundation 4 Copnhagn decisions,not politics

So which snake-oil science are we talking about here? The snake-oil science of the thawing permafrost and other climate change effects that you saw in Alaska with "your own lying eyes" in 2007? The snake-oil science that caused you to call for more burning of cleaner natural gas just seven months ago? Or "snake-oil science," the phrase that is catnip to the 26 Percenters, along with "birth certificate"? Whatever -- it's their mad tea party, and now Sarah Palin is officially their Queen of Hearts.

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