Sarah Palin Wins 2008 Rubber Dodo Award

United States
September 18, 2008 5:20pm CST
No, I am not making this up and no, I am not posting this just to "attack" poor Sarah. Before someone says it is nitpicking, let me say that it is not to those of us concerned about the earth and living creatures other than ourselves. So if you are going to say either of those, don't bother. The Center for Biologic Diversity has awarded Palin the Annual Rubber Dodo Award for 2008. Her actual award says: For seeking to block Endangered Species Act protection for the polar bear, lying about, then suppressing state scientific reviews, and denying that greenhouse gas emissions cause global warming.The Executive Director for the CBD said: “Her position on global warming is so extreme, she makes D1ck Cheney look like an Al Gore devotee.” This would be yet another reason for me not to like Sarah Palin's politics. What about you? Would her selfish abandonment of the love of all natural things keep you from voting for her? Where do you stand on environmental issues?The link for information is: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2008/palin-09-17-2008.html
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@ZephyrSun (7399)
• United States
18 Sep 08
Well you know us crazy liberals and our caring what we leave to the next generation and the generation after that. Of course environmental factors matter to me. I care what we hand down to the childern of this nation. I'm for the polar bears and don't the original Alaskan's eat them as a food source? Seems to me that would be a good reason to make sure that the bears do not disappear.
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• United States
19 Sep 08
Zephyr, thank you for being. Some days, I feel like I am the only one of my "kind" here. lol Some days I think I'm surrounded by members of the Flat Earth Society!
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@ZephyrSun (7399)
• United States
19 Sep 08
No I think there are 4 of us, just kidding. I know that we are few.
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@anniepa (24845)
• United States
19 Sep 08
Hey, don't forget me!! Annie
• United States
19 Sep 08
You can "attack" Palin all you want - it won't bother me. I'm sure she is very deserving of her award. She is a typical Republican who has no use for environmental issues. Americans can be a bunch of whiners who want everything their way no matter what it does to the environment. I live in a town that is as flat as George W. Bush's book of knowledge & yet there are huge SUV's all over the place. We rarely get snow or ice, the family is small, yet these drivers feel it necessary to drive these behemoths, wasting precious gas in the process. Yards are watered even after a rare good rain because darn it, they pay for their water & can damn well water when they want. We turn our backs on endangered species & pretend that there isn't a problem because we have more pressing things to attend to. Polar bears aren't high on the list. It's the ol' "it doesn't affect me" mentality. We have to start caring about more than me, me, me & start looking at the world as a whole. There are a plether of scientists who believe in global warming & there are things we can do but the effort required is too great. Congrats, Sarah on your award. Hope this is the last thing you win.
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• United States
19 Sep 08
I strongly dislike Sarah Palin and find the thought of her being our vice president very disturbing. It sends shills down my spine. I am a big activist when it somes to endangered species conservation and saving the environment and people like her make me sick to my stomach. How is it that you can be so self centered that you believe that the earth is just here for humans to use and abuse it. How is is possible that someone can not appreciate the beauty there is in seeing wildlife, undisturbed in its natural habitat. I think that award is hilarious and there is no better deserving candidate than her. In addition to her views on the environment, I also dislike what she stands for as a womna. How can she try to play that whole woman fighting her way through a struggle to manke it to the top when she does not stand for women's rights. As a woman whether or not she herself would choose to use birth control, or have an abortion, she should support the right of other women to choose for themselves what is right for them
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• United States
21 Sep 08
I'm an activist, too, geniouslea. Too few of us are. Most people seem to be too busy to care about the earth around them. They are just too self-centered. Yes, Palin is a sorry excuse for a woman. I can't imagine being a woman and not being for women's rights, but evidently there are plenty of them who love her. Four more years of conservative republicans should get them exactly what they want; they won't be satisfied until they turn the clock back on all women have accomplished.
@irishidid (8105)
• United States
18 Sep 08
No one has yet proved the polar bear is endangered seeing as their numbers have increased. For those going to the global warming theory, well let's look at nature itself to find the answer. Sometimes it means that nature is simply cruel at times and extinction is a fact. Like anything we could do to the earth would effect it worse than what it does to itself.
@ZephyrSun (7399)
• United States
18 Sep 08
Seems federal and state officals may disagree with that statement. http://www.adn.com/front/story/416432.html
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@irishidid (8105)
• United States
19 Sep 08
Not even the experts agree so there is no way to tell for sure. I can't determine a fact of global warming on a film that blatantly steals faked scenes from movies and portrays them as being a matter of scientific proof.
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• United States
19 Sep 08
Your knowledge on the subject simply astounds me. The polar bear is indeed a threatened species. The global warming theory? lol It's not a theory, dear, you're living in it. Most animals and plants that are extinct are because of man. That is a simple fact. We either kill them all, destroy their habitats or destroy their food source. Or all three in the case of the Dodo. Like anything we could do to the earth would effect it worse than what it does to itself. I don't even have an answer to that. Let me just say that that is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard. I'll give you the DUH award for that one.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
19 Sep 08
My first question is why were the Polar Bears placed on the Endangered Species List? Their numbers are at a record high. They have found records that indicate that Polar Bears can adapt to warmer weather and have in the past. Several years ago we were being told that man was responsible for the coming Ice Age and we switched to unleaded gas (more expensive), add catalytic converters to our cars (increasing the price of the car up to $3,000). This was to be worth it because it would solve the problem. Now we are still being told that we have to do more to prevent Global Warming. The same arguments are being used. While visiting Hawaii we saw the volcano and were told that the one vent is putting out over 87,000 pound of Carbon, CO2 and Sulfur Dioxide a week. As you fly to the island you can see the haze caused by the volcano. Far more pollution than I have seen in any major community. may be the Rubber Dodo Award should go to the environmental groups. There is a movement to start wind farms to produce electricity and this has the backing of the environment groups. Now it is pointed out that we need to have power lines built to get the electricity to the large cities. Several Environmental groups have field suit to block the lines. These groups want everything done for their tiny group. There are times when I think we should given them a chunk of the rain forest in Brazil and let them create their ideal world. To me most of the environmental groups are very self center and they are only concerned with their ideas and will not listen to any other ideas.
• United States
19 Sep 08
So basically, it comes down to the pocketbook for you. Good for you. I hope you remember that should you ever need any kind of assistance from any group. Just say home and die. That will save us all a lot of money.
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@evanslf (485)
19 Sep 08
That global warming is now taking place is beyond doubt, as can be seen from the melting icecaps on top of mountains around the world and the reducing in sea ice cover in the north pole. The issue then is whether this global warming is man-made. Now it is true that there have been variations in temperature in the past, possibly caused by volcanic activity or meteor strikes causing the equivalent of nuclear winters and blocking the heat of the sun. I am not a scientist but that said, the very vast majority of scientists believe that the global warming we are now experiencing is due to man made activity. Only a few scientists are now left in the man made global warming denyer corner. The vast majority of research on this subject supports to man made global warming hypothesis. My view is one of the precautionary approach, or in other words 'a stich in time saves nine'. It may be that we can't be absolutely 100% sure that global warming is man-made (despite the vast majority of scientific evidence, research and papers telling us that it is), but the consequences of doing nothing could (I am not saying will, but could) be catastrophic and could prove very expensive to rectify (and maybe too late to do so). And so therefore, we should take action now as an insurance policy against the possibility of such a catastrophe by taking a number of measures, many of which won't require great sacrifice on our part. For instance, we can step up efforts to find alternative sources of energy and how to best to harness these. We can do simple things like ensuring that future houses that are built have sound insulation so to reduce energy consumption. We can pay grants to persuade householders to better insulate existing homes. We can insist that manufacturers of electronic goods design their products so that they can be switched off and not have a silly stand-by light that wastes power. And on an individual level, we can all do something that will cut our energy use and which won't affect our standard of living (make sure our tyres are well pumped up, drive smoothly and more slowly on motorways, replace old type lightbulbs with energy efficient ones, switch off gadjets and lights that are left on unnecessarily). Many of these things won't cost us money, indeed will save us money by saving on the cost of electricity and fuel, so one does not need to be altruistic to do these things.
• United States
21 Sep 08
[i]The vast majority of research on this subject supports to man made global warming hypothesis. [/i] That doesn't matter to some people. As long as one scientist or nut denies it, it gives some people hope that their money won't be spent. Most people can't be bothered to even do the simple things, like keep the air pressure checked in your tires. Remember when McCain made fun of Obama for saying that? I thought any idiot should know to do that, but evidently it's too simple for McCain to accomplish. Good ideas, but convincing people to do the simple things is just about impossible; they're waiting to be saved by someone else.
@mscott (1926)
• United States
19 Sep 08
Yes please, where are your scientific facts that prove greenhouse gas is causing global warming? What about the fact that the polar bear population increased and in fact aren't endangered. How about that the oil pipeline in Alaska didn't bring the caribou to extinction. It really does sound like nit picking. If one were to seriously look into all the people over the top with global warming they would find many companies which stand to make millions and millions by people believing the hype. Is it happening? Who knows, there isn't any real proof and science can't predict what the world will do in 50 years, they can't. Should people take care of the planet because it is the right thing to do, of course, but when Al Gore says so isn't a good enough reason for me. How about the fact that the polar ice caps in his movie, the shrinking ones, aren't even real. They were stolen images from the movie Day After Tomorrow, and in that movie they used computer generated photos. Now when a person does that to try and scare people into believing how can you take any of what they say as truthful?
• United States
19 Sep 08
[i]The primary cause of global warming is from human activity, most significantly burning of fossil fuels to drive cars, generate electricity, and operate our homes and businesses. Clearing tropical forests contributes to about 20 percent of global warming emissions. When too much global warming pollution is released into the air, it acts like a blanket, trapping heat in our atmosphere and altering weather patterns globally and here in the U.S. We need to deeply reduce the heat-trapping emissions causing this effect if we are to address global warming. [/i] You can find that passage here, and much more: http://www.ucsusa.org/ For the questions about polar bears: http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/ask-the-experts/population/ And by the way, Al Gore isn't one of my sources.
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@irishidid (8105)
• United States
19 Sep 08
I'm glad you didn't include Al Gore. I don't mind him saying there is global warming but stealing scenes from movies and passing them off as fact is playing dirty and if we want the truth we should insist on the whole truth.
@anniepa (24845)
• United States
19 Sep 08
I'm with you, Hon, as if I needed any more reasons this would definitely keep me from voting for her. Of course, that's a moot point since, as everyone here just might have taken a wild guess at, I wasn't voting for McCain/Palin - or, as she said today the Palin and McCain ticket - to begin with. I happen to be quite happy with Obama and Biden but I must say I'd vote for Bugs and Daffy over this pair. At least I think they'd care about animals and the environment! Annie
• United States
19 Sep 08
Yes, I know; I don't need any more reasons to keep me from voting for her, either. Like I said, I voted for Hillary in the primary; and after much thought and study, am supporting Obama. Biden is icing on the cake for me. Election day can't come soon enough! And I didn't forget you, by the way. You and Zephyr rock! lol
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@anniepa (24845)
• United States
19 Sep 08
Here, here! I can't wait either! Annie
@Taskr36 (13874)
• United States
18 Sep 08
“Her position on global warming is so extreme, she makes D1ck Cheney look like an Al Gore devotee.” Give me a break. She's already acknowledged that there's a possibility that human's activities could have something to do with global warming. Frankly I still believe that global warming is part of the planet's natural cycle and there's still no proof that it's being caused entirely by man. The only people who would listen to environmental extremists like that are people looking for more excuses to bash Palin. well done. And before you try to reiterate your claim that you're not attacking Palin, you may want to reread your post. "Would her selfish abandonment of the love of all natural things keep you from voting for her?"
• United States
19 Sep 08
Well, Taskr, I thought you were smarter than that. You said, "She's already acknowledged that there's a possibility that human's activities could have something to do with global warming." Well, then, that just makes it all better, doesn't it? Bless her heart for acknowledging what most of us know for a fact. Of course human activities are affecting global warming! Have you been watching the Bush/Cheney science show again? Tsk. You also are screwing up what I said. If you go back and actually read it, I said, I am not posting this just to "attack" poor Sarah. Before someone says it is nitpicking, let me say that it is not to those of us concerned about the earth and living creatures other than ourselves. Of course I am blasting her for her lack of knowledge, for her lack of concern about the earth and everything living on it! I never said I wasn't. I'm just not doing it just to have something to bash her about! Of course I said she has selfishly abandoned the love of all natural things. Watch this: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=EQobIUE1zTU That film makes me sick. I cannot believe that any hunter, any honorable hunter, would hunt like this. This is the kind of thing that makes those of us with a conscience or a moral compass want to ban hunting altogether! It's absolutely sickening. And for the record, I am not against hunting. This is not hunting, this is bloody slaughter. This alone would keep me from voting for McCain with her on the ticket.
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@Taskr36 (13874)
• United States
19 Sep 08
"Bless her heart for acknowledging what most of us know for a fact. " Nobody knows it for a fact because it hasn't been scientifically proven. Everyone knows that global warming is happening, but there is no proof that it is cause by man. There's nothing wrong with believing it is, but then there's nothing wrong with seeing it as part of the planet's evolution since there have been great climactic changes historically long before modern technology.
@cher913 (25899)
• Canada
19 Sep 08
hey i wonder if there is one of those for canada? there is a teacher in a near by city that could use that award. she actually threw dodo at a student and yet the school board is NOT doing anything. good thing she is not in my district! HEADS WOULD ROLL
• Brazil
19 Sep 08
and some even thought that question