The Sarah Palin Chronicles: Myth #4: Environmentalist

Sure, Sarah Palin is an environmentalist. If by “environmentalist” you mean someone who rides around in a plane and shoots at wolves with a high-powered rifle. From Alternet:

Her most recent “victory” came on Aug. 26, when Alaska’s voters defeated Measure 2, an initiative that would have banned hunting wolves from airplanes for sport.

Palin organized a campaign against Measure 2 and funded it with $400,000 of state money. For most of us, the idea of zooming around in a private airplane over snowbound wilderness just for the chance to spot a terrified wild dog and blow it apart with a high-powered rifle is insane. But there’s a whole culture out there in love with the idea. Palin did her part by playing the tired old Alaskan pioneer card, saying that lower-48 naysayers who dared to object to the idea of dive-bombing wildlife didn’t “understand rural Alaska.”

Palin is totally consistent in her anti-environmental stance. She not only wants to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, but actually vowed to sue the EPA if it dared to declare polar bears an endangered species.

Perhaps the saddest aspect of Palin’s disgusting record on environmental issues is the fact that it’s hardly even being mentioned in the debate about her nomination. Most of the focus, for an audience of suckers weaned on celebrity gossip, seems to be about her mothering skills, her daughter’s pregnancy and whether she was Miss Congeniality or just a runner-up in some beauty pageant. The fact that she makes her living helping to wipe out whole species, poison productive watersheds and play to the stupidest great-white-hunter fantasies of her constituency hardly seems worth a mention.

h/t to Fed with Goats!

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6 comments

  1. Excellent post, Sue J. And I especially loved the last part about those who choose to continue with this stupid baby conspiracy thing. What an embarrassment to the party…even Obama said he was embarrassed by it.

    I love wolves ( I raised Siberian Huskies for years and they seem so wolf-like in their appearance)…this is so sad.

  2. Great post, Sue J. The spin on Palin is all about her maverick and reformer stances and this lie about environmental is more of that lie.

    Did you mention babies or is Mary Ellen out there taking every opportunity to scold?

  3. Dcup- No, I wasn’t looking to scold you, you weren’t even on this thread when I made that comment. I was responding to this portion of the post:

    Most of the focus, for an audience of suckers weaned on celebrity gossip, seems to be about her mothering skills, her daughter’s pregnancy and whether she was Miss Congeniality or just a runner-up in some beauty pageant.

    That’s all it was and if you were offended by it, I’m sorry—but it was a legitimate comment while responding to this post on my part.

  4. The absolute visceral contempt I feel for people who ‘hunt’ from airplanes can’t be adequately expressed in words.

    So, a slight change of topic — How about Sarah Palin Proud Secessionist for the next episode of the Chronicles? Apparently she used to be quite active in the Alaskan Independence Party, which promotes exactly that: independence from the U.S. for Alaska.

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