August 30, 2008
Gov. Palin, Brad Miller and the polar bear listing
Posted by Paul Chesser at 08:25 AM
The News & Observer today remembers back
to last year when Rep. Brad Miller tangled with
the State of Alaska over the listing of the polar bear as an endangered
Some Democrats in Congress might not know of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, but Rep. Brad Miller of Raleigh does.
Miller last year accused the state of Alaska of using an opinion
essay written in part by known "climate-doubt" scientists to back its
opposition to listing the polar bear as a threatened species.
I wrote about the conflict in greater detail last year for Carolina Journal:
Miller, chairman of the House
subcommittee on investigations and oversight, under the Science and
Technology Committee, challenged efforts by ExxonMobil to fund research
on how global warming affects the habitat of polar bears.
In a letter
(.pdf) dated Oct. 17 to ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, Miller criticized
the company’s sponsorship of an article penned by seven scientists for
the journal Ecological Complexity. The scientists concluded
in their article that no evidence exists that the diminishment of polar
bears in the Western Hudson Bay area is caused by global warming.
Here's what Palin had to say about the matter:
“If the government is going to
discredit all such scientists’ research, as Miller does, needed
research will not be done,” Palin said. “Competent scientists will no
longer be willing to undertake required studies or accept industry
grants to conduct vital research.”
Palin’s office noted that many government agencies require oil
companies to conduct environmental research and that if the bear study
should be questioned because of funding from petroleum companies, then
all research they do for the government should be doubted.
“The United States is a world leader in science because it
encourages academic debate among scientists,” Palin said. “We stand by
our use of the study and by our commitment to free and open scientific
Sounds promising, doesn't it? On the other hand, the governor is
among the many of her executive colleagues across the nation who created a state commission to study climate change. Worse, her Department of Environment (despite forewarnings) hired the Center for Climate Strategies to manage the program. More on this in coming days, which will include documents I have obtained from the state of Alaska.
Cross-posted at Cooler Heads.
Latest dispatches from the political trail
Posted by John Hood at 07:46 AM
• During a campaign swing in Onslow County, Pat McCrory argues that state officials in Raleigh need to spend more time connecting with other parts of the state. After McCrory, Beverly Perdue, and Mike Munger meet separately with the Greensboro News & Record's editorial board, the paper explores the three candidates' ideas, with particular emphasis on records in public office and McCrory's efforts to link Perdue with recent policy miscues in Raleigh.
• Perdue's campaign launches a preemptive strike against an expected $3.5 million ad campaign from the Republican Governors Association targeting her. The accusation invites charges of hypocrisy from the GOP. The News & Observer reports that McCrory's campaign-finance filings lack personal details on a number of donors, including well-known Charlotte business figures.
• A Charlotte Observer poll shows that most North Carolinians don't yet know much about Kay Hagan. The poll also finds little evidence of anti-Charlotte bias among NC voters. Bob Dole stumps for his wife at the Apple Festival in Hendersonville. Hagan will be there too, after taking in other festivals in Polk County and Beech Mountain.
• McClatchy reporters Rob Christensen and Jim Morrill report that the Democratic convention in Denver left NC Dems giddy about the prospects of an Obama presidency and gains in Congress, while trends in North Carolina are complex and “disorienting.” NC Republicans praise John McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, saying that it spotlights key issues such as energy and ethics.
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