Palin's 'Boycott Copenhagen' Op-Ed, Annotated

Ambinder parses ex-gov's 'Climategate' rhetoric
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2009 4:12 AM CST
Sarah Palin, left, signs her book 'Going Rogue' with help from her husband, Todd, in Fort Hood, Texas on Friday, Dec. 4, 2009.   (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin says President Obama should boycott Copenhagen because the Climategate emails cast doubt on climate change—and Marc Ambinder in the Atlantic shoots back at Palin's Washington Post editorial line by line. His translations of her key points:

  • Palin: "radical environmental movement." Ambinder: "overwhelming scientific consensus."

  • Palin: Climategate exposes a "highly politicized scientific circle." Ambinder: politicized, yes—in response to "an extremely well-funded political campaign by those whose bottom lines would be most harmed by carbon taxes."
  • Palin: Copenhagen policies "won't change the weather." Ambinder: a "classic conflation" of weather and climate, two very different things.
  • Palin: "Policy should be based on sound science, not politics." Ambinder: The evidence of human-induced climate change "has been regularly, repeatedly, and independently verified.

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