Editor's Note: Watch Randi Kaye's interview with Rick Steiner on Sarah Palin's environmental record tonight on AC360° at 10pm ET.
Professor, University of Alaska
While I disagree with many of Senator John McCain’s policies and I was not planning to vote for him, I was willing to concede that he may at least make a wise, rational president and represent a step in the right direction for the nation – an acceptable second choice. No longer. With his pick of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, he has shown a spectacular, even dangerous, lack of judgment. What is not important here is the glitz and glamour, the appearance of the candidates, and the number of balloons at the conventions. What is critically important are the decisions either ticket would make in Washington on the issues we all care about, and how they would make those decisions.
In addition to her frightening lack of qualification to be vice president (much less president and commander-in-chief) of the United States, Palin is an evangelical, anti-choice, pro-gun, right wing conservative that wants creationism taught in schools. She is currently under investigation by the Alaska Legislature for alleged abuse of office in firing the state’s public safety commissioner over a family feud. Many of us in Alaska simply cannot imagine Palin having anything to do with U.S. foreign policy, domestic policy, national defense or the countless other affairs of federal governance.
And a particularly worrisome aspect of the Palin candidacy is her abysmal record on the environment during her 2 years as Alaska governor, and how that would translate into national environmental policy if she became Vice President. Her environmental record as Governor of the nation’s “last frontier” deserves close examination.
The pattern is clear. Each time Palin has been confronted with a choice between short-term business interests and the environment, she has sided with short-term business interests. On the environment, Sarah Palin is essentially George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and perhaps James Watt rolled into one, but with a more pleasant demeanor.
The next federal administration will have enormous environmental challenges to address both here and globally - energy, climate, pollution, habitat loss, ocean degradation, population and consumption, species extinction, deforestation, failing water and food systems, invasive species, and so on. The integrity of our home planet’s biosphere has been rapidly deteriorating for the past 50 years, and we either act now to reverse the decline, or we will most certainly foreclose any chance of a sustainable future. And if McCain / Palin win in November, the environment clearly loses, and we may well miss our last best chance to secure a sustainable future. At a time when the nation and world urgently need strong environmental leadership from the United States, it is important to carefully consider the environmental implications of our vote in November.
I saw a picture tonight on CNN of Palin kneeling beside her caribou kill. It truly was not at all attractive; quite gruesome. Then I go to 360.com to find the stories of how she cares for OUR environment and animals. I do not see a person who cares so little for wild animals and our environment as a Christian. As I understand things, God put all of us here in this environment to take care of one another. I feel sick to my stomach after reading about her methods of hunting and killing wolves. She is far more interested in the money to be made than caring for any animal or our environment. She appears to be a very ambitious and self-centered woman. If she truly wants to hunt, she should join the Army and go to Iraq or Afghanistan. Oh wait! there the "huntees" as well as the "hunters" have weapons.
I find it very hard to believe that this woman is a "loving" mother. I have read in more than one place that in order to know what a person is really like, watch how they treat animals. I do hope the U.S voters look long and hard at her record. She has already been caught in "the bridge to nowhere" lie. How many more?
McCain sounds more and more like a liberal and Obama has reversed everything he stood for to sound like a conservative. What we need is a Democratic congress and a Republican President to tie all the thieves in knots. The people have only the power of the veto working for them.
sara is lying about her records on the enviroment anyone who shoots wolfs from a plaine we need to think about. Why don't you get tougher on her. The Republicans can't have it both ways they want to attack Brama but when he attacks they get mad. Bottom line she has no right to be there she is not expeerienced enoough. And des not tell the truth
My friend who teaches in Alaska tells me Palin has s a lawsuit against the Fed. Gov. over their listing polar bears as endangered, because the listing disrupts her plans to drill Alaska's oil rich North slope.
WE just don't know enough about the governor. They keep her isolated from questions and the press. WHY???
Sarah Palin lost me with her first speach. She made jokes about every important issue. She made people in the crowd laugh when she made the joke about the democrats thinking that global warming was man made. She reminds me of the movie where the comedian won a presidential election. She needs to stop making fun of the issues and have an interview to let us know what she really thinks of the real issues. If not the republicans will become the joke.
i'm pissed how the media isn't scrutinizing her like they dragged obama threw the mud for alot least things than what this woman is accused of saying, she constantly lies about her credentials and she will get away with it because she is a woman, that's bull if she wants to play with the big boys then she can get slapped around, if she's bad enough to dish it out, she's bad enough to take it, but they did hire karl rove to advice them on there campaign, same old same old
Sarah Palin is a barracuda alright. People in her own town, says she has bitten the hand of every person who has extended theirs to help her. When she fired Wasilla's police chief because he "intimidated her, Then she trun around, and tries to replace the man she fired with a man she knew had been reprimanded for sexual harrassment. This caused a public furor, so she withdrew her support. Palin only wants people next to her, who she can control. Well I have news for you Mrs. Palin, you won't be able to control the Republican Party as easily as you control the people in your little town. You will be dancing to another tune, and as ruthless as those republican can be, when they finish with you, all your dirty laundry will be out. You want to hang with the good old boys, lets see how long they let you hang, before they throw her out the club. Sarah Palin is a big mistake, and probably with more baggage, then the law will allow. Their is more to Sarah Palin than meets the eye, and I am willing to bet my meager paycheck, that it is not all good.
It is frightening to read some of the comments on this blog and realize there are Americans who act like this election is a TV reality show and we are voting for the "the biggest loser". Wake up! We will be the biggest losers in the world if the voters elect McCain/Palin and we get dealt another four years of policies that fatten the pockets of the oil companies, ignore the environmental issues,get us into another war, cater to the demands of the right-wing religious groups and deny the fundamental rights of women to govern their own bodies. And all of this with the credentials of "hockey mom" Sarah Palin,as VP, who used her clout like any other"old school fat cat" politician in Washington to fight her own personal battles with relatives in Alaska. Sounds like she's got great experience to be the next VP of the same old party that's been ruining our country the last eight years. Change, hah, it's just more of the sorry mess!
Clearly McCain needed a way to win over the evangelicals and far right, and at the same time hope to win over the female lunatics that will do anything just to see a female in the White House. She has a terrible and frightening resume. I hate the Republican rhetoric saying she has more experience than Obama or McCain. She has been governor for only two years, and it was just reported that she billed the state of Alaska for working over 300 days from home! Has some one informed her that she cannot be VP from home? I also read that she attended transferred five times while in college and took her six years to graduate??? Lastly, many people will think that I am an elitist, but she has a journalism degree from the University of Idaho. This is not a great school! It is ridiculous how the right wing media has brought up Harry Truman and how he didn't attend college. That was over half a century ago. People that are leading our country need to be educated, and I certainly question her level of education.
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it is more of her disgusting behavior. I am a white woman age 72 and I started looking into Palin because I was shocked and curious as to why McCain would choose her with really so little experience. What I find out is shocking. Her behavior a mayor and governor. Im not talking about gossip sites but real info. When I heard other white woman on news today saying they would not vote for McCain before but will now because of Palin and continue to say they knew nothing about her we have to speak out. Obama was not my first choice but will now support him because of issues and Palin. We can not risk a chance of her becoming President ever! She has lied daily. Check it out, please!.
I am THRILLED to see the media finally start to tell the truth about this right-wing whack-job! No way does she belong in the White House.
Jackie's comment is classic, "What’s the difference between George Bush and Sarah Palin? - Lipstick." A really great line. Wish I had thought of it, but I certainly will use it.
PS....are we at the point that we now elect officials because of their personality and not their qualifications? Sarah Palin is about Sarah Palin. She no more has the welfare of this country as a concern than the she has about the Polar Bears. Elect this ticket, McCain/Palin and our country is gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
First of all – why does she wear an Alaska pin on her lapel when she has absolutely NO regard for the environment , and if Bush is willing to acknowledge that polar bears are endangered and she won't what does that say about her. Clearly it would be hard to find a more narrow minded far right person than Bush & Cheney but the Republicans managed to do it.
I NEVER thought that anything could be more scary and destructive as the last 8 years but if they get in – I am not sure the planet can survive 8 years.
What do Palin's Native constitutents feel about needing to move from villages because of rising sea levels and shrinking sea ice, threatening their way of life and their very lives?
What does Palin understand about the potential collapse of the Arctic ecosystem as the sea ice disappears?
What doe she understand about the graves dangers of melting tundra and the resulting release of carbon dioxide and methane?
She needs to be asked these questions and more regarding what she proposes be done to address global warming – even if she doesn't believe it is "man-made."
The author is clearly right on this subject. Conservation groups have been fighting Palin in court and otherwise on most of these issues for the duration of her governor's term so far. Even the scientists in Britain say that if Bush's environmental policies were bad in comparison Palin's stand on the environment is toxic. The European nations who have been our allies for years are disgruntled because instead of leading on environmental reform and cleanup that is dearly needed the US has to this point done nothing of any substance.
Yes it will take money to fix the environment. Yes it might mean that some of the riches of the earth we may not get to plunder to line our bank accounts with or fuel up our cars, but there are good fairly simple solutions out there for a lot of our problems but most people aren't interested if it doesn't involve immediate relief to their pocketbooks. As a nation we are being extremely short sighted on this issue and whether you believe global warming or not (one person suggested it was a natural cycle) you need to look at the evidence again and then realize that inaction may cost us tremendously in the years to come and in the years ahead for our children. People need to wake up and smell the roses before there aren't any to smell.
No doubt the Republicans will be OUTRAGED that Palin's environmental record is being reviewed. How dare they question this saintly woman?
All we, the public and voters, have is her record, since to date she is not ready for interviews and won't be until proper "deference" is shown. I hope to heaven my fellow Americans will look past her cute TV show character facade and focus on her record and her stand on the issues (if we are ever permitted to discover what they are.)
I'm just wondering if you've even read Al Gore's book which is filled with scientific data. Scientists do not deny that the earth's climate goes through cycles. However, there is much data to prove that global warming is being *accelerated* through short-sighted misuse of natural resources, pollution, etc.
I doubt if many people find criticism of Ms. Palin and her far-right positions as humorous as you say you do. Most people take our election more seriously than that. Furthermore, if the article you are commenting on is about Gov. Palin, there is no need to mention Sen. Obama. His candidacy is another topic that has been written about endlessly on this blog over the last months. Since Gov. Palin is so new to the national scene, it is to be expected that she would draw more attention in the short term.
Professor Steiner, THANK YOU. These are the facts that need to be showcased whenever Palin's name and picture is tossed onto the news screen.
I'm sick to death, however, with all the comments here those those bullet points are your "opinion." You've clearly (and rightly!) deduced her views from her voting pattern. These are the facts, Michael from Toronto, so any "rebuttal" to facts would certainly be lies.
Professor Steiner I hope you feature on AC360 to share your insights with the television-news crowd! You'd be an excellent, informed guest, no doubt.
@ Cindy no we're not talking about Obama because this post is about Palin and her lack of regard for the environment.
Al Gore isn't the first person who talked about Global Warming – he just brought it to the forefront with his documentary.
Hmm interesting you have no rebuttals to Rick Steiner's blog...kind of hard to when he writes the TRUTH!
This guy is clearly biased, why feature him? Where's the rebuttal?
I thought she was a small town mayor with no experience. Now she’s the most powerful woman in the world, destroying the Earth.
I fail to understand why the majority of Americans seemingly disagree with the statements in this blog. In the weeks that Gov. Sarah Palin has been named Senator McCain's VP, she has yet to answer a single question from the media nor any from the public attending campaign rallies. Senator Obama, Biden, and McCain give their stump speeches, and then each answers questions from their audience. They answer them because they have answers for the questions asked; Sarah Palin does not answer them because she cannot answer them. The GOP understands that she needs time to learn the answers. How then is she ready to be the Vice President of the United States when she isn't even ready to answer a single question about the country's needs? It makes no sense whatsoever. Stating what she supports in Alaska is not a good argument when attempting to prove she's ready for America's problems. Where is there any urban community in Alaska that will provide Sarah Palin with the experience and knowledge to help those Americans suffering in poor economic environments? Where is her foreign policy knowledge (please do not say she has this because Alaska is near Russia)? The truth is – she's here to do exactly what she's doing – create a cultural war and popularity for the GOP ticket – but if McCain wins – then get the heck out of the way,... the best she'll be is the Miss America of the Vice Presidency.
Rick Steiner thanks for your opinion! The Americans need to hear it from someone with an education.
Americans need balance and participation from the American People that will be what changes America. Thats where change should come from. I would encourage every American to think about the improvements in our Democracy if all of us took our part in issues and educating ourselves with facts.
We need to know that we are experiencing a celebrity show at present. Its as if Sarah has a second chance at becoming a beauty queen that came in second and has always wanted to be first no matter how its done. Even if you fake being a politician.
No Palin needs to be forcefully talked about. She needs to be scrutinize pushed to ever limit of the boards. If someone can talk about others and scrutinize and banter and hit below the belt all the time. Everyone needs a far share. She will be getting what she has coming to her soon enough. Once she gets out on her own and starts talking to media that when we will see the real Palin not the fake written script person right now. Since all she does is reads what others write. McCain/Palin War will be in the United States no more watching it on TV because we will be facing our own wars at home against other countries here.
This guy should be nominated for a Nobel Prize.
If you were to apply Palin's environmental record to the nation as a whole it would result in possible record economic growth. I can readily admit that.
But how long can that growth be maintained and at what cost? The clear indication to me was her wanton misregulation of the mining industry. Water is becoming a difficult to commodity to maintain as things stand without such brash pollution. To hear this story, it reeks of corporate and small town pandering resulting in long-term suicide.
Give me a candidate for renewable energy and environmental stability. I'm not saying that the enviroment should automatically override the welfare of the people. But procure resources responsibly and quit giving corporations a blank check.
I really get a kicj out of liberal blog and press who write whatever they like, with no source material. All I can say is....PLEASE keep it up. It makes Palin's case so much stronger.....
Great blog by the way but I have to respond to a few Nate's comments. First, why is it that when facts are stated about Palin, you Neocons always cry foul. Second, we can afford an ambitious enviromental approach if we quit spending 10 million plus per day fighting a war against ideology in Iraq. Third, too late, your beloved Bush and the rest of the Republican Party already sold us to China. Fourth as you have a right to choose, so should women, period. What, next the Republican Party will try to dictacte if a cancer patient has a right to choose chemotherapy, a person with cardiovascular disease who will not be able to refuse surgical intervention due to you bible thumpers calling it suicide? And last, Palin is more worried about he pockets and power and less worried about the American public.
As I see, is hardly disappointing the way that you (CNN) are openly supporting Obama on this race. This is not bad itself, but when you call yourself “the most trusted name in news” you should show a little bit more independence.
Change is not something you can just say you will and suddenly happens; and when I hear this guy saying that the most powerful country in the world will be change if he is elected president, I just can feel sadness because the way USA is being contaminated by populism and all the thing that characterize a “Republica Bananera” .
To change something the first you need is realism. This is beyond Obama and of course beyond McCain. But USA must see itself in the Latin American mirror, to see how sad is when a country loses its essence trying to experiment new forms to keep existing. Especially when as just USA knows, it is get it by hard work, sacrifice, and decision.
It's good to finally see some real examination of Sarah Palin's record as governor–her high approval ratings by uninformed voters is due in part because of the woeful lack of scrutiny she's received since coming on the scene as McCain's VP pick. It is a sad state of affairs when voters are fooled by "personalities" rather than actual facts. This woman hasn't even spoken to the press and yet people are convinced she's qualified for VP.
Oh...and FYI...not everyone believes in global warming! Some believe the planet goes through stages as to it's temperature changes. Not everyone is sucked in by Al Gore and his money making machine.
I thank Mr. Steiner for his information, I am shocked that CNN allowed the truth to be told, even though I know there will be a republican rebuttle as usual (lies as i am seing this past week ) and the media will assist in the coverup. I am an independent woman voter that respects facts, I do not care if you are black, white, woman, or man. I just want and respect the facts so I can understand the voting and judgement positions of the candidates. I would rather have had the choice between someone that has made less executive decisions and is honest than someone who has made many executive decisions that were dishonest and represented as honest, just to get my support and my vote. I, and many of us , who are actually thinkers and are concerned of the actual issues in the country should feel quite a let down.
Where did they find this woman ?
Maybe as the centerfold for caveman version of playboy.
She is the wolf in sheeps clothing that is gonna trick the gullable into voting for McBush. I can't believe how they both lie everyday and yet the people keep dancing around the elephant in the living room. Typical disfunctional behavior of our uneducated society . Beware people the world is watching and if we continue with the Republican liars we are going to be ostricized even more and an even bigger target in the world stage.
What ever happened to the truth?
It is SO funny reading the 360 blog here lately. It seems that Sarah Palin has all of you left wing liberals and democrats so scared!! You are throwing everything but the kitchen sink at her trying to discredit her but it isn't working. Yet the whole time you fail to mention any of Obama's lies or faults.
I can't do anything but laugh!! Because your efforts to hurt her are just helping her!
what's the difference between George Bush and Sarah Palin? Lipstick
While you are drooping at the mouth over Palin lips and fast talk, you better take a closer look at what your children furture holds. Pinch yourself and use the head on your shoulders.
It is amazing to see the left wing liberal machinery at work. First of all, the legislative branch that is investigating Palin is pursuing this merely as a Democratic partisan attack on her. Second, this country cannot afford such an ambitious environmental approach as what you have mentioned in your piece without hurting the US economy, loosing jobs, and forcing a massive retraining effort that would cost billions of dollars. Moreover, without sensible environmental approaches that take into consideration its economic impact, the US will surely loose its competitive edge in the world. Do you want to give the keys to this country to other countries? The US is now 2nd in manufacturing to the Chinese, ranked among the lowest when it comes to overall education, thanks mainly to those in America who refuse to assimilate into the US culture, and "infanticide" levels continue to remain high due to roe v wade which makes it impossible for States to pass anti-abortion laws or further restrict abortion. Being an Alaska, I would have assumed that you cared about your State's economy. If Palin did not do what you claim she had done, your State would loose vital economic resources, be further depended on Federal welfare and funding, and loose jobs to other countries or States. I think it would be best if you leave Sarah Palin alone!
I have read about the hunting of wolves and that incident with the poor little puppies, after I finished crying, I wanted to vomit. Heart breaking.
The peril of our environment is not exclusive to Alaska's Arctic as the Arctic is shared with the rest of the world, to deny or even minimize it's fate is a CRIME! These are the biggest issues I have with Palin, selective sight, if they told her it would be bad for her image, another "albatross" so to speak, you know she would have changed her mind, like she has a record of doing already.
She's such a narrow minded hypocrite!
How do you shoot puppies in the head?
Men, Palin is not pro choice, you will be hit with the bill $$$$$$$$$ over the next 20 to 40 years.
The polar bears are just the icing on the iceberg...
All I needed to know was that she was making rape victims buy they own rape kits and she believes rape victims should be forced to keep their attacker's baby. Add to that, her abstinence only education stance and her obvious lack of priorities to press forward with a career when her family is suffering...
no way do I want this woman in the white house.
Anderson, your network is giving Sarah a free pass. She is blatantly LYING. And you guys aren't even investigating it. I remember how Obama was CRUCIFIED by your network (and rightly so). But that was the hard hitting reporting that I loved about CNN. Now you are giving this women a FREE PASS. I am SO disappointed.
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