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Sarah Palin

The two columns below show quotes (left column) from Sarah Palin paired with what the science says (right column). Click on text in right column for full details.

Quotes by Sarah Palin vs What the Science Says
"Environmental Protection Agency bureaucrats plan to regulate carbon emissions themselves, doing an end run around the American people. "
9 December 2009 (Source)

Through its impacts on the climate, CO2 presents a danger to public health and welfare, and thus qualifies as an air pollutant

"But while we recognize the occurrence of these natural, cyclical environmental trends, we can't say with assurance that man's activities cause weather changes."
9 December 2009 (Source)
Climate reacts to whatever forces it to change at the time; humans are now the dominant forcing.
"any potential benefits of proposed emissions reduction policies are far outweighed by their economic costs. "
9 December 2009 (Source)

The benefits of a price on carbon outweigh the costs several times over.

"As governor of Alaska, I took a stand against politicized science when I sued the federal government over its decision to list the polar bear as an endangered species despite the fact that the polar bear population had more than doubled."
9 December 2009 (Source)

Polar bears are in danger of extinction as well as many other species.

"the documents show that there was no real consensus even within the CRU crowd."
9 December 2009 (Source)

97% of climate experts agree humans are causing global warming.

"Some scientists had strong doubts about the accuracy of estimates of temperatures from centuries ago, estimates used to back claims that more recent temperatures are rising at an alarming rate. "
9 December 2009 (Source)

Recent studies agree that recent global temperatures are unprecedented in the last 1000 years.

"With the publication of damaging e-mails from a climate research center in Britain, the radical environmental movement appears to face a tipping point. The revelation of appalling actions by so-called climate change experts allows the American public to finally understand the concerns so many of us have articulated on this issue. "
9 December 2009 (Source)

A number of investigations have cleared scientists of any wrongdoing in the media-hyped email incident.

"The e-mails reveal that leading climate "experts" deliberately destroyed records, manipulated data to "hide the decline" in global temperatures"
9 December 2009 (Source)

The 'decline' refers to a decline in northern tree-rings, not global temperature, and is openly discussed in papers and the IPCC reports.

"The Americans hit hardest [by cap and trade] will be those already struggling to make ends meet"
14 July 2009 (Source)

Those who contribute the least greenhouse gases will be most impacted by climate change.

"I am deeply concerned about President Obama's cap-and-trade energy plan, and I believe it is an enormous threat to our economy. It would undermine our recovery over the short term and would inflict permanent damage. "
14 July 2009 (Source)

The benefits of a price on carbon outweigh the costs several times over.

"I'm not one to attribute every activity of man to the changes in the climate. There is something to be said also for man's activities, but also for the cyclical temperature changes on our planet."
3 October 2008 (Source)

No known natural forcing fits the fingerprints of observed warming except anthropogenic greenhouse gases.

"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."
29 August 2008 (Source)

Multiple sets of independent observations find a human fingerprint on climate change.

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