By David Poland firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Palin Explains Herself
Since she was brought into this election, I have heard about Sarah Palin being an “energy expert.” But I do not recall hearing a single detail of any kind from her about energy… only the broadest jingoistic word play. So I was very interested – still willing to think she could be an expert on sometihng, other than self-promotion – when I saw the Wall Street Journal had “Excerpts: Sarah Palin on Policy”
Here is a part (and here is the link):
On the GOP ticket’s energy policy goals:
“We’re going to talk about finally ending 30 years of failed energy policy in this nation. We have gone without an energy policy in America and finally a perfect time where the price of a barrel of oil is down right now. It’s only half of what it was. Now is our opportunity to invest in alternative sources of energy but a new technology to allow our conventional sources of energy to be tapped and to flow in hungry markets, all with the goal of becoming less reliant on foreign sources of energy.
So, with my experiences in Alaska, coming from the huge energy-producing state and as the former regulator of our oil and gas industry and chair of the nation’s interstate oil and gas conservation commission, this is one of the missions that I cannot wait to get to work on. We do have the commitment to setting our nation firmly on the path towards energy independence…”
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On why she’s focusing on energy at this point in the campaign:
“This is when American voters are really paying attention to the issues, which is so important, and very thankful for the opportunity to be able to specifically talk about what it is that America has had opportunity in the past to do but again, has not seen to have had the political will to buck some of the good ol’ boy system that has controlled the energy resources in this nation. That’s what I’ve had to do up in Alaska, to break up an oil industry monopoly that…. had been controlling much of the nation’s energy supplies. Breaking that up and putting the people first, the owners of the resource first.
Now, honestly, not trying to be a smart ass here…
Did she say a single thing other than “energy independence” and “take on the oil companies”? Is the a SINGLE idea in here about how to do any of it?
Has she ever suggested anything specifc other than “Drill, Baby, Drill”?
I’m reallly not kidding. I am deeply confused that the energy expert has not offered up a single actual idea in all this time, media filter or not.