Palin's stance on climate change at odds with previous statements

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska (AP) -- Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin now says she believes humans play a role in climate change.

She told ABC News in her first interview since becoming John McCain's running mate that she doesn't disagree with scientists who say that the problem can be attributed to "man's activities."

But that stance is at odds with previous statements she has made. In the past, Palin has said she doesn't believe global warming is caused by human activity.

She told the Internet news site Newsmax that a changing environment would affect Alaska more than any other state because of its location, adding, in her words, "I'm not one, though, who would attribute it to being man-made."

She also told a Fairbanks newspaper within the last year that she's not what she called "an Al Gore, doom-and-gloom environmentalist blaming the changes in our climate on human activity."

McCain has said humans have caused climate change.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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