I'll go with science, since Palin has lousy credentials when it comes to facts. She doesn't believe in evolution either, which makes her take on global warming even less credible.
Yesterday my daughter asked me what book she should get me for Christmas.
I told her, "Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity" by James Hansen, a NASA scientist and a leading climatologist.
The title of this book appeals to my grandfatherly heart. I've come to have zero patience -- none, nada, zilch -- with people like Palin who prefer to play political games rather than face the science of global warming head on.
Climate change is no joke.
My granddaughter's life, and that of billions of other people, is at stake here. If someone knows more than the scientific groups listed in the link above, prove the science wrong.
How likely is it that Palin can be trusted more than the...
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Geophysical Union
American Meteorological Society
World Meteorological Organization
Society of American Foresters
American Medical Association
American Statistical Association
and many other well-respected organizations?
What's deeply irritating, and ethically unforgivable, is that Palin and other global warming deniers haven't come up with any solid evidence challenging two basic conclusions that represent the overwhelming scientific consensus:
(1) The Earth has warmed, and is getting warmer
(2) Humans are almost certainly responsible for the warming
Instead, they prey on the ignorance and gullibility of people with bullshit claims that the recent release of stolen emails from some climate change researchers undermines a huge body of scientific research supporting (1) and (2).
Al Gore knows that. The Union of Concerned Scientists knows that. The American Meteorological Society knows that. Anybody who has done more than meekly accept sound bites from Glenn Beck and other anti-science blatherers knows that.
Unfortunately, the United States is both the world's largest contributor to human-caused climate change, and the home of an uninformed electorate when it comes to scientific knowledge.
So "global warming isn't happening" ridiculousness finds fertile ground in the American citizenry. This morning I came across this disturbing fact in Richard Dawkins' new book about evolution:
Forty-four per cent of Americans deny evolution totally, whether it is guided by God or not, and the implication is that they believe the entire world is no more than 10,000 years old. As I have pointed out before, given that the true age of the world is 4.6 billion years, this is equivalent to believing that the width of North America is less than 10 yards.
Democracy is great. But scientific truth can't be left up to a majority vote, especially not when the survival of human civilization is at stake.
I'm not about to let uninformed people like Sarah Palin decide what sort of world my grandchild is going to grow up in.
Fundamentalist religion, I'm convinced, plays a big part in what the guy in this video calls "a fifth column of insanity" in the United States. He's a recovered evangelical who knows the craziness of the fundamentalist mindset.
I love what Frank Schaeffer said (at 3:44 of the video):
A village cannot reorganize village life to suit the village idiot. It's as simple as that. And we have to understand that we have a village idiot in this country. It's called fundamentalist Christianity.
Not all evolution and global warming deniers are fundamentalists. But many are.
They think that science is part of the Devil's deception, that catastrophes are good because they show that the End Times are near, and that God is in charge of Earth so there's no need to worry about how humans are screwing it up.
Sarah Palin is one of those people. When she spouts falsehoods about global warming, my reaction is: go to hell.
Which doesn't exist, I'm confident. But that's where she belongs, for wanting to wreck the planet my granddaughter will be growing up in.