Sunday, April 4, 2010
Sometimes You've Just Got to Say "What????"
The series "Sarah Palin's Alaska" has been picked up by the Discovery Channel for a reported $1 million-plus per episode. I find this quite beyond disgusting (and, no, this has nothing to do with Democrat or Republican leanings on my part - it's just that it's almost laughable...or it would be if it weren't so appalling).
In the summer of 2008 Palin sued the federal government over the listing of polar bears as "endangered". She claimed that a "comprehensive scientific review" had proven that they were not in danger, and that listing them as such would hinder energy development. When pressed to provide this review, Palin, of course, refused. When the scientific document to which she was referring was later brought to light, it contained only evidence that the state's polar bears were, in fact, endangered.
Earlier in 2008, she approved $2 million in funding for a conference to discuss the economic impact of the Endangered Species Act - engineered to inform the public that listing animals as endangered was unwarranted and costly. That money was later used to pay for the polar bear lawsuit.
In 2007, her administration offered a $150 bounty for any wolf killed in the state, until the courts decreed that the bounty was illegal.
During her tenure as the State's governor, Palin often boasted that she created a climate change committee in Alaska - but she constantly undermined the committee's work by publicly stating that global warming was not caused or exacerbated by man. "If it's all just a natural, cyclical thing, maybe we should just all go home and read a book," said Kathie Wasserman, an adviser to Palin's climate change committee.
Sarah Palin also supported aggressively supported oil and natural gas drilling in every part of the state, including in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
It is the height of irony that the notorious anti-environmentalist will be given a platform by one TV's biggest nature-driven companies, which owns networks such as Discovery, Animal Planet and Planet Green. How such an admirable and venerable company could prostitute itself in this way is beyond me. I urge you all to click on http://extweb.discovery.com/viewerrelations to protest this stunning lack of taste and common sense.