Boycott Copenhagen, Palin urges Obama
If Sarah Palin had her way, President Barack Obama would be staying away from this month’s global climate change talks in Copenhagen and “sending a message that the United States will not be a party to fraudulent scientific practices.”
The summit will hear from scientists like those from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, where recently revealed e-mails showed information that raised questions about climate change was suppressed, writes Palin.
“Without trustworthy science and with so much at stake, Americans should be wary about what comes out of this politicized conference. The president should boycott Copenhagen,” she wrote in an op-ed in the Washington Post.
“He plans to fly in at the climax of the conference in hopes of sealing a ‘deal.’ Whatever deal he gets, it will be no deal for the American people,” said the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate.
The biggest U.N. climate talks in history are aimed at working out a new pact to curb global warming, replacing the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Obama said last week the United States will aim to reduce its carbon emissions by around 17 percent by 2020, from 2005 levels.
Meeting Obama’s stated targets will require cap and trade legislation that would result in job losses and higher energy costs, wrote Palin.
“The last thing America needs is misguided legislation that will raise taxes and cost jobs — particularly when the push for such legislation rests on agenda-driven science,” she said.
Palin said she does not “deny the reality of some changes in climate” — because she observed changing weather patterns while serving as governor of Alaska.
“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,” she said.
Reuters photo by Mike Theiler (Palin arrives in a snowstorm for book signing in Virginia Dec.5)