Common Tragedies

Thoughts on Environmental Economics

Which of your activities would you like to blame on changes in climate?

Posted by Rich Sweeney on October 3, 2008

I now understand why Sarah Palin refuses to acknowledge the link between human actions and global climate change: she doesn’t even understand the direction of causation.

One of the many jaw-dropping Palin clips from the Katie Couric interview shows Palin saying that it doesn’t matter what caused global warming, what matters is that we do something about it now. Now that’s bad enough as is, but as Johnny Walker pointed out to me, she also says, “I’m not going to solely blame all of man’s activities on changes in climate.” WTF? Here’s the video:

Now I was gonna let that one slide because people misspeak and Katie Couric clearly tricked the ex sportscaster. So I literally could not believe it when she did the exact same thing in last night’s debate (0:34):

Fortunately Biden called her out on the big gaffe, but wtf is she doing with this reverse attenuation? Johnny Walker interprets it as a populist position, in which the good people tell the elites, “Are you saying that you “blame all of man’s activities on changes in climate”? That may be true of your activities, but not mine, sir.”

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