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Palin Calls Global Warming a 'Bunch of Snake Oil Science'

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During a campaign rally for Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Feb 7, Palin displays a fondness for her mother and for turquoise jewelry. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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During a rare Northern California appearance on Monday, the increasingly bizarre and camera-whorish Sarah Palin opened her mouth, with self-consciously controversial results. It all happened at a media-banned logging conference in Redding, a town of 90,000 north of Sacramento, the former VP candidate "called studies supporting global climate change a 'bunch of snake oil science,'" reported Associated Press, who forked over $74 to attend the spectacle. Palin's comment stemmed from something or other about protection for polar bears under the Endangered Species Act, which she sued to overturn in Alaska, because protecting the bears, it seems, impeded the state from "examining offshore drilling for oil and natural gas reserves."

Palin did, however, mention that "California's heavy regulatory environment makes it difficult for businesses to succeed," which, fine, sure. She has a point; an idiotic one, but a point. Still, Palin speaking out on science is just frightening. Behold:

"We knew the bottom line ... was ultimately to shut down a lot of our development ... And it didn't make any sense because it was based on these global warming studies that now we're seeing (is) a bunch of snake oil science."

She also went on to wonder if California was "just a little behind the times."