Friday, 18 December 2009

Conservative wings

Australia is not the only country where conservative politics has developed what can be described as science and anti-science wings. Just as Australian Liberals have their Nick Minchin and Malcolm Turnbull camps, so too do the American Republicans have their clear divisions. The “discussions” between Sarah Palin as the representative of anti-science and Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been getting every bit as vitriolic as Minchin v Turnbull.
Says the Governator of Palin: “You have to ask: what was she trying to accomplish?” said Mr Schwarzenegger. “Is she really interested in this subject or is she interested in her career and in winning the [Republican] nomination [for president]? You have to take all these things with a grain of salt.”
To which Palin responds: “Why is Governor Schwarzenegger pushing for the same sorts of policies in Copenhagen that have helped drive his state into record deficits and unemployment? 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. 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. And while I did look for practical responses to those changes, what I didn’t do was hamstring Alaska’s job creators with burdensome regulations so that I could act “greener than thou” when talking to reporters.”
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