Sarah Palin Lauds Canada's Environmental Policies, Ignores Their Huge Emissions

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Sarah Palin went to heart of Canada's oil and gas development sector this past week to congratulate Canada on finding the right balance between economic growth and energy security. She also touted her peculiar recipe for energy independence, which is, of course, Drill, Baby, Drill.Palin, according to the Calgary Herald, told her audience, "We've got to become more energy independent." How does she propose doing that? Not through an increase in renewable energy research, development and deployment, but instead through more oil and gas exploration.

Her concern, she said, is waiting for unfriendly regimes to develop their resources. Relying on those puts the United States in a less safe and less prosperous position, she said.

In the meantime, Palin seems okay with transferring huge amounts of wealth to places that don't like us very much and postponing the inevitable--the transition to a renewable economy in a carbon constrained world.

As for the IPCC, the world's foremost scientific body and a group under attack from people who presumably support Plain, she didn't exactly rush to their defense. She said the recent controversy has made "settled science feel a little unsettled."

Canada is in the top 10 for annual CO2 emissions. For per capita pollution, Canada again is at the top, with the average citizen emitting the equivalent pollution of 50 citizens of Bangladesh.

Palin published an op-ed last year that called for inaction on climate and for Obama to boycott the Copenhagen negotiations, saying, in part:

Our representatives in Copenhagen should remember that good environmental policymaking is about weighing real-world costs and benefits -- not pursuing a political agenda. That's not to say I deny the reality of some changes in climate -- far from it. I saw the impact of changing weather patterns firsthand while serving as governor of our only Arctic state. I was one of the first governors to create a subcabinet to deal specifically with the issue and to recommend common-sense policies to respond to the coastal erosion, thawing permafrost and retreating sea ice that affect Alaska's communities and infrastructure.

More on Sarah Palin:
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