I am always puzzled by claims by her supports that Sarah Palin is a bonafide energy expert. She hasn't worked in the industry, isn't an analyst, and has no degree of any kind related to climate or energy. Yet Palin this morning weighed in on the Copenhagen talks with an op-ed in the Washington Post that uses the so-called Climate-gate story as an excuse to call for business as usual on climate and energy. Although she uses the straw man argument that the emails stolen from climate scientists represent enough cause to through out all the peer-reviewed science on climate from around the world, she does admit that the climate does seem to be changing:
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.
These are the same rhetorical tricks that Exxon and other dirty fuel interests use to muddy the debate. They say the climate change is happening, offer incomplete or fudged data, and then push for policies that keep us addicted to dirty fuels that we have to import from countries that hate us. The result is an economy that runs on foreign oil and dirty coal and not one that incentivizes innovation for clean and green technologies. In her entire op-ed she offers no solutions for higher energy prices or to fix the import/export gap. Her ideas are old, just like her act.