The Conservative Pundit's Guide to Writing a Copenhagen Op-Ed
Sarah Palin follows the prescribed outline very well:
1.) Climategate proves that global warming is nothing more than a vast conspiracy between the radical communist-environmentalist movement and pansy academic leftists:
With the publication of damaging e-mails from a climate research center in Britain, the radical environmental movement appears to face a tipping point.2.) This is bad because not only do these crazy Soooohhhhhshialists want to control the weather, they want to CONTROL THE WORLD ECONOMY:
The agenda-driven policies being pushed in Copenhagen won't change the weather, but they would change our economy for the worse.3.) Quote CLIMATEGATE™ catchphrases: "Trick" to "hide the decline" in temperatures and bury any dissenting views by firing an "editor" and "redefining" peer review [end with no consensus, maybe end with quip about how AL GORE IS FAT]:
The e-mails reveal that leading climate "experts" deliberately destroyed records, manipulated data to "hide the decline" in global temperatures, and tried to silence their critics by preventing them from publishing in peer-reviewed journals. What's more, the documents show that there was no real consensus even within the CRU crowd.4.) Introduce your own unique perspective:
I saw the impact of changing weather patterns firsthand while serving as governor of our only Arctic state.I can see Russia! Russia looks cold.
5.) CAP-AND-TAX will cost us TRILLIONS TRILLIONS TRILLIONS and give China all our jobs:
Unlike the proposals China and India offered prior to Copenhagen -- which actually allow them to increase their emissions -- President Obama's proposal calls for serious cuts in our own long-term carbon emissions. Meeting such targets would require Congress to pass its cap-and-tax plans, which will result in job losses and higher energy costs (as Obama admitted during the campaign). That's not exactly what most Americans are hoping for these days.6.) Obama said he'd "restore science to its rightful place" therefore he must boycott Copenhagen:
In his inaugural address, President Obama declared his intention to "restore science to its rightful place." But instead of staying home from Copenhagen and sending a message that the United States will not be a party to fraudulent scientific practices, the president has upped the ante.Do like I did! Quit!
After about a week of THE SAME FRICKIN' EDITORIAL over and over again at the usual suspects (Weekly Standard, National Review, Forbes, Wall Street Journal), and now at the Washington Post, I'm beginning to wonder who wrote the original source material for "how to spin our upcoming Climategate offensive and Copenhagen."