REDDING, Calif. - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in a rare California appearance, called studies supporting global climate change a "bunch of snake oil science."
Palin spoke Monday before a logging conference in Redding, a town of 90,000 about 160 miles north of the state capital. The media were barred from the event, but The Associated Press bought a $74 ticket to attend.
Palin said California's heavy regulatory environment makes it difficult for businesses to succeed, a view that is shared by many business leaders in the state.
She criticized what she said were heavy-handed environmental laws. As Alaska governor, she said she sued the federal government to overturn the listing of polar bears as threatened.
She said she disagreed with the science the government used to support the listing.