Palin Changes Position on Climate Change

The candidate previously believed that humans did not contribute to global warming.

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Sarah Palin's remarks on climate change to Charles Gibson in last night's interview conflicted with her previous position. Palin told Gibson, "I believe that man's activities certainly can be contributing to the issue of global warming, climate change." You can see the clip here:

This contrasts with previous statements from Palin, which the Associated Press points out:

She has told the Internet news site Newsmax, "A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location.... I'm not one, though, who would attribute it to being man-made."

In an interview with a Fairbanks newspaper within the last year, Palin said: "I'm not an Al Gore, doom-and-gloom environmentalist blaming the changes in our climate on human activity." ABC cited the interview as being at odds with her statement.

"Show me where I have ever said that there's absolute proof that nothing that man has ever conducted or engaged in has had any effect or no effect on climate change. I have not said that," said Palin to Gibson.

John McCain believes that humans cause climate change, so this switch brings Palin more in line with the candidate's views. However, they still disagree on whether the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should be drilled. Regarding the ANWR, she told ABC, "We'll agree to disagree, but I'm gonna keep pushing that [with McCain] and I think eventually we're all going to come together on that one."

Given Palin's previous anti-environmental stances, is her new opinion on climate change a comfort?