Governor Palin Sets Eugene Robinson Straight; Say 'Thank You,' Eugene

Thursday, December 17, 2009

On Tuesday, December 15th, Eugene Robinson, in a Washington Post op-ed, sought to undermine Governor Palin's position on climate change and her call for President Obama to boycott Copenhagen in light of Climate-gate. He suggested that the Governor was speaking out of both sides of her mouth, and he used--or shall I say misused?--her record in Alaska to attempt to back up his point of view. Unfortunately, he failed to get his facts straight.

Enter Governor Palin Stage Right to point out the facts.

She responded today in a letter to the editor of the Washington Post. I am sure Mr. Robinson is grateful to Governor Palin for setting the record straight because, after all, what's more important than the truth?

Letter to the Editor
Washington Post
Thursday, December 17, 2009

I’d like to thank Eugene Robinson for highlighting Alaska’s achievements on climate change [“Palin’s own ‘Climate- gate,’” op-ed, Dec. 15] and for noting that I’ve “treated the issue as serious, complex, and worthy of urgent attention,” while making “any number of pragmatic, reasonable, smart decisions as governor.” But he’s wrong to suggest that my views have somehow changed or that now I’ll have to “renounce” my past efforts.

Once again: I don’t deny that climate change is real. In creating a sub-cabinet to deal specifically with the issue, I said that “Alaska’s climate change strategy must be built on sound science and the best available facts and must recognize Alaska’s interest in economic growth and the development of its resources.” That goal made sense to me then, and it makes sense to me now.

Mr. Robinson tries to make hay out of the fact that I asked the group to advise me regarding opportunities to participate in “carbon-trading markets.” But considering voluntary participation in carbon-trading programs is much different from endorsing the economically disastrous cap-and-tax proposals put forward by Democrats in Washington. Those proposals will burden our job creators and raise energy prices for all of us, and that’s why I oppose them.

As governor of Alaska, I sought common-sense solutions that took real-world costs and benefits into account. That’s what I’m looking for now. But that’s not what’s on the table in Washington or in Copenhagen.

Sarah Palin, Wasilla, Alaska

The writer, governor of Alaska from 2006 to 2009, was the 2008 Republican nominee for vice president.

Governor Palin posted her letter on her Facebook page.


Velcro December 18, 2009 at 12:15 AM  

Good for Sarah! The Post obviously didn't assign 11 researchers to factcheck, did they?

bestbud December 18, 2009 at 3:29 PM  

Thanks Adrienne:

Thanks Sarah for your usual quick response and setting your record straight... because of sloppy and evil intended journalism that pervades our culture!

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