Pundit Andrew Sullivan continues his recounting of the deceitful statements of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin over at his Daily Dish blog for The Atlantic.
His fourth installment deals with Palin’s stated wish to remove polar bears from the Endangered Species list.
On the question of extending the Endangered Species Act to polar bears, Sarah Palin hews to the Stephen Colbert position. And in her defense, she cited a study by her own state government in an op-ed for the New York Times earlier this year. In that article, she wrote:
I strongly believe that adding [polar bears] to the list is the wrong move at this time. My decision is based on a comprehensive review by state wildlife officials of scientific information from a broad range of climate, ice and polar bear experts. In fact, there is insufficient evidence that polar bears are in danger of becoming extinct within the foreseeable future — the trigger for protection under the Endangered Species Act. And there is no evidence that polar bears are being mismanaged through existing international agreements and the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Yep: you guessed it. We found out subsequently in the New York Times that the state’s wildlife officials discovered no such thing.
Read the rest here.
Next, Sullivan turns his attention to Alaska’s oil pipeline. In her RNC speech, Palin said, “[W]e began a nearly $40 billion natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.”
But as the author notes, “the entire pipeline is at this point as reality-based as that ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner”:
The pipeline exists only on paper. The first section has yet to be laid, federal approvals are years away and the pipeline will not be completed for at least a decade. In fact, although it is the centerpiece of Ms. Palin’s relatively brief record as governor, the pipeline might never be built, and under a worst-case scenario, the state could lose up to $500 million it committed to defray regulatory and other costs.
The sixth lie of Sarah Palin, according to Sullivan, concerns her attitudes toward her fellow citizens who happen to be gay. In her interview with ABC News’ Charles Gibson, she stated that she doesn’t know whether being gay is a choice. However,
Gov. Sarah Palin’s church is promoting a conference that promises to convert gays into heterosexuals through the power of prayer. “You’ll be encouraged by the power of God’s love and His desire to transform the lives of those impacted by homosexuality,” according to the insert in the bulletin of the Wasilla Bible Church, where Palin has worshipped for about six years.
Palin’s conservative Christian views have energized that part of the GOP electorate, which was lukewarm to John McCain’s candidacy before he named her as his vice presidential choice. She is staunchly anti-abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, and opposes gay marriage and spousal rights for gay couples. Focus on the Family, a national Christian fundamentalist organization, is conducting the “Love Won Out” Conference in Anchorage, about 30 miles from Wasilla.
There is no way that a person who is indifferent to the question of whether homosexuality is a choice or genetic can support a conference of crackpots, psychological renegades and far-right Christianists seeking to “cure” gay people. Palin is on record seeking to strip gay couples of all rights in their relationships, although she was forced by constitutional mandate to grant equal benefits to gay couples who are employees of the state government in Alaska. She [also] supported a non-binding referendum for an Alaskan constitutional amendment to deny state health benefits to same-sex couples.
Climate change is the subject of what Sullivan calls Palin’s seventh lie. In her interview with Charlie Gibson, Palin gave the interviewer a challenge: “[S]how me where I have ever said that there’s absolute proof that nothing that man has ever conducted or engaged in, has had any affect, or no affect, on climate change.”
Sully is up to the challenge, noting that last year, she said, “I’m not a doom and gloom environmentalist like Al Gore blaming the changes in our climate on human activity,” and that in September 2008, she said the opposite: “I believe that man’s activities certainly can be contributing to the issue of global warming, climate change.” Which is it, Gov. Palin?
The eighth Palin falsehood, according to Sullivan, came, again, at the Republican convention, when the Alaska governor said, “Al Qaida terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America, and [Obama is] worried that someone won’t read them their rights.”
The author then quotes the nonpartisan Factcheck.org, which reminds readers that Obama and the US Supreme Court (ostensibly a panel Palin trusts) both “support the right of detainees to challenge their imprisonment in federal court.”
I suspect Andrew will continue with the Palin parade of lies, and we’ll share what he reports. Absolutely I recommend this independent, non-Republican conservative’s Daily Dish. You may disagree with him at times, but more often than not, you can be assured that he is telling you the truth as he sees it — which makes Sully very different from John McCain and Sarah Palin.