McCain weighs in on Sarah Palin's cap

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The ongoing pissing match over Sarah Palin's inked-up gimme cap has a new combatant, now that John McCain has taken a stand. If you managed to miss this earth-shaking controversy, the Senator's former running mate was photographed in Hawaii wearing a McCain campaign sun visor with the logo blacked out. The Press wondered if it was A Slur. Palin, whose seven-figure book advance clearly didn't extend to a new visor, said she had to black out McCain's name so no-one in Hawaii would recognize her.

McCain, appearing on Fox News Sunday, called the ridiculous ginned-up fuss an example of the "hysterical attacks on [Palin] from the left" (in this case, prominent socialist organ TMZ) which prove how important Palin is to the Republican party.

He did wonder why Fox, and presumably the party's future herself, were discussing this palpable non-issue instead of, say, climate change. I don't.

As ever, Palin has chosen to share her stand on the great issues of the day through her twitter feed, where you'll find these deep reflections:

Copenhgen=arrogance of man2think we can change nature's ways.MUST b good stewards of God's earth,but arrogant&naive2say man overpwers nature 11:44 PM Dec 18th from TwitterBerry

and

Earth saw clmate chnge4 ions;will cont 2 c chnges.R duty2responsbly devlop resorces4humankind/not pollute&destroy;but cant alter naturl chng 11:57 PM Dec 18th from TwitterBerry

I'm assuming from "clmate chnge4 ions;will cont 2 c chnges" that she wrote these herself.

Anyway. You know who would have thought that was really, really dumb? Governor Palin of Alaska. As recently as July of last year, Alaska's chief elected steward had this to say about global warming

Scientific evidence shows many areas of Alaska are experiencing a warming trend. Many experts predict that Alaska, along with our northern latitude neighbors, will continue to warm at a faster pace than any other state, and the warming will continue for decades. Climate change is not just an environmental issue. It is also a social, cultural, and economic issue important to all Alaskans. As a result of this warming, coastal erosion, thawing permafrost, retreating sea ice, record forest fires, and other changes are affecting, and will continue to affect, the lifestyles and livelihoods of Alaskans. Alaska needs a strategy to identify and mitigate potential impacts of climate change and to guide its efforts in evaluating and addressing known or suspected causes of climate change.
And the Governor's prescription for dealing with the problem? A commission to study the impact of global warming and how to address it (or, if you will, naivete and arrogance). Among the things the commission was meant to study were
  • the identification of federal and state mechanisms for financing climate change activities in Alaska, including research and adaptation projects
  • the potential benefits of Alaska participating in regional, national, and international climate policy agreements and greenhouse gas registries
  • the opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Alaska sources, including the expanded use of alternative fuels, energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, land use management, and transportation planning
  • aggressive efforts toward development of an Alaska natural gas pipeline to commercialize clean burning, low carbon natural gas reserves
  • the opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the operations of Alaska state government
  • the opportunities for Alaska to participate in carbon-trading markets, including the offering of carbon sequestration;

  • So not only are changes in energy use and reduction of greenhouse gasses potential ways to alter naturl, the federal government should be taking care of it.

    Your cap and trade joke here.


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