10/13/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Palin Changes Tune: Man Is "Potentially Causing Some Of The Changes"

In her first substantial interview with a news journalist since being picked as John McCain's vice presidential candidate two weeks ago, Sarah Palin muted her skepticism about the causes of global warming, grudgingly "attributing some of man's activities to potentially causing some of the changes in the climate right now." While this is a step back from her position two weeks ago (she told Newsmax, "I'm not one, though, who would attribute [climate change] to being man-made"), it still falls short of John McCain's position and the position of the scientific community, that human emissions are very likely the primary cause of recent warming.

Despite her doubts about anthropogenic climate change, Palin assured ABC's Charles Gibson, she and McCain agree "we gotta do something about it and we have to make sure that we're doing all we can to cut down on pollution." There were no further details on climate policy.

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