Sarah Palin (R-Alaska)Photo: Therealbs2002Sarah Palin
Former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee

Palin tried to moderate her climate skepticism when she was on the ticket with John McCain, but once they lost the election, she let her denialism flag fly.

On climate science: Just before John McCain tapped her to be his running mate, Palin said, “I’m not one … who would attribute [global warming] to being man-made.”

Just after she was picked, she told ABC’s Charlie Gibson, “I believe that man’s activities certainly can be contributing to the issue of global warming, climate change. … Regardless, though, of the reason for climate change, whether it’s entirely, wholly caused by man’s activities or is part of the cyclical nature of our planet — the warming and the cooling trends — regardless of that, John McCain and I agree that we gotta do something about it and we have to make sure that we’re doing all we can to cut down on pollution.”

These days, she’s more inclined to call climate research “snake oil science.”

On climate policy: In her 2009 book Going Rogue, Palin criticized “Washington’s misguided ‘Cap and Trade’ plan,” writing, “let’s call it what it is: a ‘Cap and Tax’ program. … As more and more Americans understand that cap and trade is an environmentalist Ponzi scheme in which only the government benefits, they will refuse to tolerate it.”

In October 2010, she wrote on her Facebook page, “I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think cap-and-tax could potentially be more disastrous to our economy than Obamacare because it would devastate our businesses and cripple our energy and industrial sectors.”