The Republican Party, the McCain campaign, and willing collaborators are trying to pass Sarah Palin off as a true energy expert, someone deeply knowledgeable in the arena of the nation’s greatest challenges. This attempt to create a resume item re Sarah “Energy Expert” Palin is, simply, an attempt to sell a fraud. Searching Palin “Energy Expert” and there are more than 11,000 hits — luckily hit number one re “Energy Expert” Palin is for an honest report.
Some of the absurdities
Haley Barbour has called her “a bonafide energy expert”. George Pataki stated that “Governor Palin is, I think, an energy expert” when he was challenged to confront her statements denying humanity’s role in global warming. Hot-air specialist Lawrence Kudlow has absurdly called her “Our Energy Answer”:
Coming from the natural-resource rich state of Alaska, Palin is an experienced energy expert. She knows more about the economics of energy than senators McCain, Obama, or Biden. And in this year of the oil-shock economy, Palin’s role will be absolutely crucial.
What are some of the whoppers?
- “Alternative-energy solutions are far from imminent and would require more than 10 years to develop.” Wind turbines are going up every day around the globe, with more wind power in the globe’s electrical system all the time. A decade away? Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant contracts are being announced on almost a monthly basis to be on line in a few years. A decade away? Even oilman T Boone Pickens believes that, in that decade, the United States can move from roughly 1% of its electricity coming from wind power up to 20% in a decade (and, of course, that is not a step function of, “10 years” from now a 19% jump, but a growth line over the decade).
- Palin made a comment earlier this year that “I beg to disagree with any candidate who would say we can’t drill our way out of our problem.” To be generous, this shows an absolutely ignorance about the realities of America’s and the globe’s energy challenges. Less generously, if an “expert”, she was lying to those listening. (And, of course, that wasn’t the line in her convention speech.)
- In her speech to the RNC, Palin stated that “To confront the threat that Iran might seek to cut off nearly a fifth of the world’s energy supplies….” Remember, supposed to be an “energy expert”. Iran might be able to cut 20% of oil supply, since the Persian Gulf does provide roughly that amount of the globe’s oil. But what about nuclear power, hydropower, natural gas, coal, solar, wind, biomass … Note to Sarah “Energy Expert” Palin: oil represents less than half humanity’s energy use.
These are, of course, just a few teaser examples, not even touching her global warming denial. These examples, however, the absurdity of a claim that Sarah Palin has any right to be called “expert” in her knowledge of energy issues.
When contemplating the 100-year flood of revelations surrounding Sarah Palin, it is hard to keep track. And, amid this flood, it is harder to find truth than fiction in Republican talking points. Thus, it shouldn’t shock anyone that Sarah Palin is no “bonafide energy expert”, no matter how loudly and how often talking heads want to claim otherwise.