When the announcement of John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin was made there were concerns that she was a firm member of the flat-earth contingent of the Republican Party, with Palin being on record for both supporting the teaching of creationism in public schools and for denying the scientific consensus on climate change. Sarah Palin has no beliefs which are so firm that she is not willing to change them to echo those of John McCain, which at least is an improvement on global warming.
During her interview with Charles Gibson Palin said:
Show me where I have ever said that there’s absolute proof that nothing that man has ever conducted or engaged in has had any effect or no effect on climate change. I have not said that.
Actually she has expressed disbelief in this. In an interview with Newsmax on August 28, 2008 Palin said:
A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I’m not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.
In an interview with a Fairbanks newspaper last year she said:
I’m not an Al Gore, doom-and-gloom environmentalist blaming the changes in our climate on human activity.