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Palin and Global Warming

A reader takes me to task for claiming John Kerry was wrong to say Gov. Palin does not believe in manmade global warming, pointing to a NewsMax interview in which she said: “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.”  That certainly sounds like she doubts the human contribution to climate change.  Yet her actions as Governor suggest something different.  She’s repeatedly stressed the importance of climate change to her state, and the world.  She’s created a sub-cabinet to work on the issue, signed on as an observer to the Western Climate Initiative (a group of Western states devleoping a regional cap-and-trade plan), and is promoting the devleopment of natural gas as a low-carbon fuel along with renewable energy sources.  So, while she has made a statement doubting the human role in climate change, her actions on the issue as governor are hardly those of a “radical,” and are quite in line with McCain’s approach to the subject.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.


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