As reported in We, the PEOPLE!! last week, the Copenhagen International Climate Change Conference is now in full swing. The leaders of most countries and many of the brightest scientific minds on Earth are attending in an effort to somehow limit future green-gas emissions and reduce, or at least delay, potentially catastrophic global warming.
Of course, “catastrophic” may not be the description if one lives close to, or even north of the Arctic Circle, like, say, in Alaska. Folks up there probably wish for warmer temperatures so that riding a motorcycle or even a snowmobile can be done without freezing one’s nose off.
As the Copenhagen conference gets underway and the debates get more heated, the entertainment heats up, too. The likely attendance and saber-rattling of US republican senator James Inhofe, who intends to put those uppity scientists in their place by preaching real (pseudo) science to them, based upon his experience in real estate, was reported last week. But this week, it gets better!
Enter California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, also known world-wide as the Terminator. He leads one of the most smog– and air-pollution-prone areas in the world. Over the years, California has instituted some of the strictest anti-pollution laws on Earth in an effort to control this illness-inducing bad air, most of which is caused by car exhaust and the burning of fossil fuels. So it’s no surprise that Arnold the Terminator attended the Copenhagen conference in support of any emission controls that can be agreed upon. He also held a news conference during he specifically raised questions regarding Sarah Palin’s position on global warming.
Regardless of what one thinks of Sarah Palin, most people will agree that she is fun to watch. She lives in Alaska, much of which is above the Arctic Circle. From the time she was a vice-presidential candidate, this “rogue” (by her own description in the title of her book) republican has been entertaining people everywhere. Whether it was her ignorance of the “Bush Doctrine“ as a vice-presidential nominee, or her belief that expertise in foreign policy comes from being able to see Canada and Russia from Alaska’s borders (though not at the same time), she has mesmerized people with her Idaho-drawl and her mystical beliefs and descriptions of policies and positions.
In 2008 Palin took a stand against humans having any impact on global warming. Her education rivals that of senator James Inhofe, who earned a degree in business administration at the age of 38. While Palin’s degree in journalism was earned much earlier at the age of 23, she did put it to good use as a sportscaster. Thus, she could rival her buddy Inhofe as he shakes his finger and scorns those arrogant scientific PhDs in Copenhagen.
But back to the entertainment. Commenting during his Copenhagen press conference about Palin position on global warming, the Terminator asked “What is she trying to accomplish? Is she really interested in this subject or is she interested in her career and in winning the (Republican presidential) nomination? You have to take all these things with a grain of salt.”
Of course, being the true entertainer that she is, Palin wasn’t going to pass up any opportunity to response to the Terminator publicly on her Facebook page. She fired back, in part, “Perhaps he will recall that I live in our nation’s only Arctic state and that I was among the first governors to create a sub-cabinet to deal specifically with climate change.” She went on to say, “While I and all Alaskans witness the impacts of changes in weather patterns firsthand, I have repeatedly said that we can’t primarily blame man’s activities for those changes (underline added)” and she concluded, “what I didn’t do was hamstring Alaska’s job creators with burdensome regulations so that I could act ‘greener than thou‘” (emphasis added), a reference to the Terminator’s strong support for anti-pollution-emission and green technology laws in California.
She also took on former US vice-president Al Gore, claiming that Gore is promoting “doomsday scenarios”. She also wrote on her Facebook page “Climate change is like gravity – a naturally occurring phenomenon that existed long before, and will exist long after, any governmental attempts to affect it.”
Yes, indeedie! It warms the heart knowing that humanity is protected by the likes of Inhofe and Palin. And how silly of all those scientists who spent all of that money and all of those years earning their advanced Masters and Doctorate degrees! That money could have been better spent renting helicopters to shoot at wolves from 500 feet, or on bigger gas-guzzling cars…and yachts..and private jets..and drilling for more oil in National Wildlife Preserves!
And it’s not everyone who gets to pull on Superman’s cape, or in this case, on the Terminator’s “green weenie”, and then live to talk about it. With a big, fat smile, no less! That’s why we love Sarah!
Coming soon…”Green Weenie…the MOVIE!”