Questions persist about the credibility of the self-advertised reformer Sarah Palin. Recent history reveals she has spent most of her youthful political career as a bottom feeder to the Washington lobbyist trough. It is all reminiscent of her mentor-in-chief, John McCain, who surrounds himself with cronies, who are and were lobbyists, an occupation he ridicules on the stump.
The distaff governor of Alaska led a 527 group on behalf of Senator Ted Stevens that John McCain says was flatly illegal, and typically she remains mum on endorsing Ted Stevens for re-election, in November.
That is not so surprising. When she was mayor of tiny Wasilla, (population 6,700), she hired the former chief of staff for Ted Stevens, Steven Silver, an accomplice of Jack Abramoff, to be the town`s lobbyist in D.C.
Wow, that is really shaking things up the 'ole boys' network' in Washington. Knowledgeble, Mark Kleiman, one of my favorite bloggers, makes some of these points in a bloggingheads audio interview.
On the other hand, there has been no such equivocating about Palin`s environmental record. She takes an uncompromising, I would say straight-on, neanderthal club to the environment. Palin is solidly behind the hunters, commercial fishermen and the oil industry, with no accounting for or protection of the wildlife or eco-system of America's 'last frontier".
As today's 'Independent" phrases it: "The woman who could soon be a 72-year-old's heartbeat away from the United States presidency has an environmental policy so toxic it would make the incumbent, George Bush, blush,"
and that takes some doing. Is this the change of direction that more than 80% of Americans yearn for? Again the religious right may have someone of their ilk in the Oval Office, like Palin, who sounds and perhaps is an ordinary person who takes the Bible literally, where nothing so complicated as global warming or the environment or the food chain or evolution is discussed or mentioned.
But maybe, Palin is correct in advocating that creationism be taught as an alternate science in public schools, since Alaska is 'ground zero" for global warming, and God`s creation in Alaska won`t exist much longer with the present rate of climate change and "do-nothings" in power.
University Of Alaska, Professor Rick Steiner outlines the rest of Palin`s abysmal environmental record:
On climate change, Palin has done virtually nothing to address the problem except hold meetings and appoint a "climate sub-cabinet" that likewise has done little. Lots of talk, no action. Although in the past two years the Arctic summer sea ice shrunk to the lowest levels ever recorded, Palin apparently does not believe it is human-induced or cause for alarm. She was asked to establish an Alaska Office on Climate Change, an Alaska Climate Response Fund (based on a tax on Alaska oil production) and emissions reduction targets for Alaska, but has taken no action on those requests.
On Endangered species. Earlier this year, Palin approved a $2 million state appropriation for a conference on the "economic impacts" of the Endangered Species Act, designed to persuade the public that ESA listings were too costly and unwarranted. Recently she agreed to use the money instead to fund the state's lawsuit against the Bush administration over the polar bear listing.
And so it goes. She is even against what little the dreadful Bush/Cheney administration has done for the environment. Unbelievable, "a hockey mom", a so-called `sportswoman,` without concern for ice; so much for McCain`s green credentials.
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