Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sarah Snake Oil

Fox News contributor Sarah Palin has claimed that studies showing polar bears are threatened by global warming are “snake oil science.” Speaking in Redding, CA, at the Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference, Palin argued that the science of climate change is really just a plot to hurt oil companies. “Those promoting polar bear listing really want to shut down oil and gas leasing in Arctic coastal waters off Alaska,” Palin argued:

We knew the bottom line . . . was ultimately to shut down a lot of our development. And it didn’t make any sense because it was based on these global warming studies that now we’re seeing (is) a bunch of snake oil science.

In reality, the 2006 Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, a “product of research by 300 scientists from northern countries, warned that the Arctic is warming at a rate much faster than the rest of the Earth.” Arctic ice is now at historically low levels. In 2008, George Bush’s Fish and Wildlife Service director Dale Hall testified that there was no significant scientific uncertainty in the endangerment posed by global warming to polar bears, based on numerous scientific studies. In contrast, when Palin petitioned to overturn the endangerment finding, she cited a paper funded by Exxon Mobil, the American Petroleum Institute, and Koch Industries. Now that’s snake oil science.


Snake Oil Science, huh? But the claim that the earth is 5000 years old is fact. It's true that it's difficult to unequivocally prove that man is causing the earth to warm but most leading climatologists will tell you that we do have an effect on the climate.

The more this woman talks the more I am embarrassed for her, her family, and those who support her.


  1. Are you embarassed for those at a crucial "scientific" institute in England who faked the science behind the global warming idea, and got extremely defensive when their sham was revealed to the world?

    I've talked to people around the world who are beyond the reach of Exxon and Sarah Palin, and they strongly question the dogma of this hoax also. But hey, as long as the boob who claims he created the Internet os making a lot of money off of global warming, it's all great, right?

  2. I'm embarrassed for those who do not believe that global warming exists and that we, as humans, are contributing to it.

    Just because a few scientists were stupid doesn't necessarily mean that others, who share the similar ideas/convictions, are "hoaxers" too. It's bad PR, not bad science.